Changing Pathways (formerly known as Basildon Women’s Aid) is a domestic abuse charity working across the areas of Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford and Thurrock. We provide free and confidential services to support people who are currently experiencing, or have previously experienced domestic abuse.  We offer a range of needs led services including refuge accommodation, outreach/community based support, advocacy services for high risk victims, including those experiencing stalking and harassment, therapeutic/counselling services and a range of group programmes. We focus on listening to our service users and decide together the support required to take the first step on a pathway to a new life journey.

We have a dedicated Children and Young People’s service which ensures access to age appropriate individual and group based therapies, practical and emotional support, opportunities to participate in a range of activities which are supported by domestic abuse experts, and we operate an Ofsted registered pre-school for the children of women accommodated in our Basildon refuge site.

Additionally, Changing Pathways support male adult victims/survivors of domestic abuse via telephone support, individual outreach support and therapeutic sessions.

Domestic abuse impacts on all communities. If you are suffering from physical, sexual, psychological/emotional and/or financial abuse, or are being threatened, intimidated or stalked by a current or previous partner or close family member, you could be a victim of domestic abuse.

You may be feeling frightened, isolated, ashamed and confused. If you have children, you may be concerned about how the domestic abuse is impacting upon them too.

You are not to blame for what is happening. You do not have to face this situation on your own. Changing Pathways are ready to support you through your decision to reclaim your right to a safe, happy and abuse free life. We will not judge you in any way and we will ensure that we only ever move at the pace you want to go.