A women’s centre is a specialised service that provides non-residential support of any kind (including information, advice, counselling, practical support, court accompaniment, legal information, proactive support, and outreach) to women victims of any form of violence, and for their children.
Women’s centres are crucial services, for various reasons: women’s shelters do not exist in all regions and women’s centres provide advocacy and counselling. Some women may not need accommodation at a women’s shelter, but they do need support and advocacy for access to justice, for example.
See also: women’s shelter; victim; survivor
WAVE/Austrian Women’s Shelter Network (2014). The WAVE Report 2014: Specialized Women’s Support Services and New Tools for Combating Gender-based Violence in Europe. Available at: http://www.wave-network.org/content/wave-report-2014