01303 244836

Enhanced New Beginnings Project

Advice and support for families affected by domestic abuse



Many women believe they are not abused because they have not been physically attacked by their partner.

Domestic abuse includes physical, emotional, financial, psychological, sexual abuse and coercive control.

The abuse centres around power and control by one person over another and typically
escalates in frequency and severity over time.



One to one support is offered to women  who have young children, providing non-judgemental and proactive support. We offer emotional and practical support around domestic abuse, safety planning, risk assessing and safeguarding, support with meetings, including solicitors, housing etc. Referrals can be made by professionals or you may contact us directly. This service will be delivered through Independent Domestic Violence Advisors.



The Shepway Project consists of a range of courses to rebuild self-esteem and confidence and is focused on the women’s needs.


Butterflies Support Group

This is a drop-in support group, offering peer support and advice. Take time out to learn a craft and new skills.

Power to Change

A course to look at rebuilding life skills, increasing self esteem, looking at healthy boundaries, assertiveness skills, and help to  feel less isolated.


A course around domestic abuse. It includes personal safety, power and control, bullies, belittles and traps, honeymoon stages and warning signs, the impact of domestic abuse on children, healthy boundaries, and relationships.

The Freedom Programme

The Freedom Programme helps women to identify the tactics used by abusive men whilst looking at the beliefs these men might hold. The group has a proven track record in empowering women.

Recovery Tool Kit

The Recovery Toolkit  assists women who have experienced domestic abuse. It is designed to assist them in looking at ways to develop positive lifestyles.

DAY Programme

This course is for young women who may have witnessed or experienced domestic abuse, within a relationship or at home between parents. This is to help them develop healthy future relationships.



If you are experiencing domestic abuse you can receive access to free confidential advice, information and support from different agencies under one roof,  with no appointment necessary.

  • Every Wednesday from 12.30 to 14.30 at Folkestone Early Years Children’s Centre
  • On the last Thursday of every month from 12.30 to 14.30 at Lydd Children’s Centre.


For more information on all our services, contact Amanda Walker at the Home-Start Shepway office.

To access additional services, go to www.domesticabuseservices.org.uk 

Enhanced New Beginnings referral form – click here

Contact us to find out more...

24 Cheriton Gardens

CT20 2AS

Tel: 01303 244836

Email: office@homestartshepway.org.uk

Office Hours: 9.00am - 4.30pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9.00am - 4.00pm (Friday)

Answer phone outside office hours