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Our history

Solace’s first refuges were established in the mid-1970s and worked with just 40 women survivors of domestic violence a year in North London. Since then we have gone from strength to strength and now provide a holistic range of services across London. Last year we supported over 10,000 women and children who have been affected by domestic and sexual violence.


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Local Women’s Aid organisations were established that would later form Solace Women’s Aid.



Our legal services were introduced, to support women affected by domestic violence.


Solas Anois (Irish and Traveller Women’s Domestic Violence Service) successfully joined Camden Women’s Aid.



Solace Women’s Aid was formed following the merger of Camden, Enfield and Islington Women’s Aid. Each individual organisation had over 25 years’ experience of delivering domestic violence services in London and now formed a larger charity


Solace supported over 3,400 women and children. We also set up a new pan London advice service.



Solace secured a significant contract to run North London Rape Crisis delivering specialist support in 7 boroughs. We supported 3,798 women and children in London.



Lambeth Women’s Aid merged with Solace Women’s Aid and Solace took over the running of Haringey refuge provision from Haringey Women’s Aid. We supported a total of 4,766 women and children across London that year.



We supported more than 5,000 women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence. The Domestic Violence Support Services (DVSS) Barnet merged with Solace Women’s Aid, strengthening our work in this busy north London borough.


Solace supported 7,400 women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence and launched our advice and counselling project on a London-wide basis working with 14 partners under the Ascent Project, part of the London VAWG consortium.



Between 2011 and 2014 Solace conducted a 3 year research project examining how women and children rebuild their lives after domestic violence. This was the first longitudinal study of its kind in Europe and the crucial findings were launched in Finding The Costs Of Freedom in June 2014.


In 2015 we marked 40 year of securing a safer future for women and children who have survived domestic and sexual abuse.