Hull Women’s Network is part of a group of organisations in the Preston Road area of Hull that is run by women, for women.
Services and activities on offer include specialist domestic violence support, nursery provision, sexual health information and advice, training and volunteering opportunities, and access to safe and affordable housing across Hull.
Hull Women’s Network was set up in 2004 to support the housing offer of the group. The importance of access to safe, appropriately located, high quality housing was obvious - women fleeing domestic violence are known to return to the perpetrator an average of seven times before finally breaking free from abuse. With the benefit of access to safe, high quality housing, Hull Women’s Network are able to help women and their children break free from the start – providing significant savings to the public purse on top of the obvious benefits to the women and children affected.
Following SASC’s original £2m loan to Hull Women’s Network (HWN) in 2017 to fund 30 supported accommodation homes in Hull, SASC made an additional £3m loan from the new Social and Sustainable Housing Fund in 2019, to further support HWN in its current and future activities. The structure of the loan was designed to address the specific needs of the group and was developed to add diversity to the range of financing options currently utilised.
The investments support the ongoing work of the group of companies to which Hull Women’s Network is affiliated. A greater number of women and children in challenging situations will have access to appropriate housing and the support services that are offered through the group.