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Our history - 2000s

keira-knightleyApril 2009: We launched a domestic violence awareness campaign, which centres on a hard-hitting short film starring Keira Knightley, appearing on TV and in cinemas across the UK.

power-to-changeNovember 2008: We published The Power to Change, a practical guide to running support groups and self-help groups with victims and survivors of domestic violence.

educational-toolkitNovember 2008: We published the Educational Toolkit, a free manual for teachers and youth organisations, consisting of of easy to use 'core' lessons about domestic abuse from reception to year 13.

expect-respectSeptember 2008: We launched the Expect Respect Campaign, which asks teenagers and young people to both Expect Respect and give respect in their relationships.

hideoutSeptember 2008: We re-launched a new design of the Hideout with separate sections for children and young people, videos, a messageboard and interactive features.

gordon-ramsaySeptember 2008: Gordon and Tana Ramsay held a second gala dinner in London to help raise funds for Women's Aid.

disability-reportJuly 2008: We launch a new report on disabled women and domestic violence, entitled Making The Links.

gordon-gordonSeptember 2007: Gordon and Tana Ramsay held a gala dinner in London to help us raise funds for Women's Aid.


celeb-campaignMarch 2007: Women's Aid launched a celebrity campaign that aimed to raise awareness of domestic violence

Valentines campaign 20062006: On Valentine's Day 2006 Women's Aid launched a campaign to highlight the fact that for over half a million women, Valentine's Day is a day like any other, a day where they will live in fear of a violent partner.

Survivors Handbook2005: The Survivor’s Handbook is created with the help of The Body Shop.

Bill Ward2004/5: Women’s Aid supports soap star Bill Ward on the Coronation Street domestic abuse storyline.


The Gold Book2004: Ukrefugesonline is launched, a new resource which radically changes the nature of domestic violence referrals.   Women’s Aid also publish the enhanced UK Gold Book – the only public directory of domestic abuse services. 


Chancellor Gordon Brown congratulates Nicola Harwin at the 30th Birthday celebrationNovember 2004: 30th Birthday Anniversary event hosted by our patron Mrs Sarah Brown at 11 Downing Street. Download the 30th Birthday brochure.

September 2004: Women's Aid launches a corporate partnership with The Body Shop.


Hideout websiteApril 2005: The Hideout website is launched - the first dedicated UK website for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse and relationship violence.

russia2004: Women's Aid works in partnership with domestic violence organisations and NGOs in both Russia and Uzbek


dv-act2004: Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act – we work with Women’s National Commission and 300 organisations to lobby for amendments to the Bill.


National Domestic Violence Helpline2003: Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline is launched, run in partnership with Refuge


Kacey Ainsworth as Little Mo in EastEnders2003: Hitting Home campaign. We advise the BBC on its two-week programme schedule focusing on domestic violence, including the culmination of the Little Mo storyline on Eastenders


Health campaign2000-2003: Launch of the first ever national health and domestic violence campaign - WARNING: Domestic Violence Can Damage Your Health, in partnership with its 350 local services. Locally, targeted events were used to raise awareness of health professionals and gain local media coverage as well as distribute new posters and leaflets. Nationally, Women’s Aid worked with Casualty and Holby City on storylines to promote the issue of domestic violence.