Leeway opens a new safehouse in King’s Lynn, taking our total number of refuges and safehouses to nine.
Leeway partners with local organisations to deliver NIDAS, a new domestic abuse service supporting those at medium and high risk of domestic abuse.
The hard work of our staff is recognised as Leeway is awarded Domestic Abuse Charity of the Year by the Central England Prestige Awards.
The landmark Domestic Abuse Act is passed as law in parliament, promising better protections for victims of domestic abuse and tougher action on perpetrators.
Leading Lights accreditation achieved for Norfolk and Suffolk Independent Domestic Violence Advisers.
Leeway launches a new Live Chat service, funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk. This provides a new way for people to access support in a safe and instant manner.
Investors in People award reviewed and reaccredited.
Living Wage accreditation achieved.
Leeway opens a new safehouse in the North Norfolk area.
Leeway opens a new refuge in the Broadland area.
Leeway commissioned by the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner to provide the Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy (IDVA) service in Suffolk in partnership with Suffolk Constabulary.
Norwich Safehouse opens. £10,000 raised towards furnishing it by an EDP fundraising campaign in memory of Kerri McAuley.
Former High Sheriff of Norfolk, Georgina Holloway, becomes Leeway’s third Patron.
Leeway opened two new safe houses (refuges) in West Norfolk and Breckland.
Leeway was awarded £606,315 from Big Lottery to help provide support to women and young girls living with domestic abuse in Norfolk’s rural communities.
Women’s Aid Standards achieved and awarded.
Having demonstrated a high quality of service, Leeway was awarded the Women’s Aid National Quality Mark.
Leeway was chosen as Norwich's civic charity.
Leeway moved to larger head office premises and received the Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA) Leading Lights accreditation.
Independent Violence Advocacy (IDVA) service begun for Norfolk and Norwich and Queen Elizabeth hospitals. Leeway also achieved Level B Quality Assurance Assessment for its Suffolk service.
Leeway achieved a Supporting People Level B Quality Assurance Assessment for Refuge Services, demonstrating good practice and progression towards excellence in our service provision.
Refuges opened in Norwich (owned by Cotman Housing Association) and North Norfolk (owned by Wherry Housing Association). A pilot outreach service was launched in Suffolk.
Our Great Yarmouth refuge opened with the building owned by Cotman Housing.
We started to deliver a parenting service in Great Yarmouth and Specialist Domestic Violence Court Service Independent Violence Advocacy (IDVA) in Norwich.
Advocacy services begun in Great Yarmouth.
Advocacy services begun in Broadland and South Norfolk.
Leeway’s head office moved to Princes Street in Norwich. Funding was received for a children service outreach in the community, women’s outreach services, a helpline referral worker and an advocacy service in Norwich.
Chapelfield East refuge opened and an Ofsted registered playgroup was set up for the children in refuge.
Leeway’s management committee was established to take responsibility for the strategic management and direction of the charity. An after school club was also set up for children using the refuge.
The first women were employed to run the refuge and support the women and children using the services.
A second stage ‘halfway house’ was set up for women and children to live in once the risk had decreased and they were awaiting housing.
In the first week of April 1974 a grant was received to be used to open a refuge and the following week Hall entrance terrace was purchased and the refuge begun.
Leeway was formed by a group of volunteers and received a grant from Norwich City Council.