Supporting women affected by abuse


About Us

First established in 1984, we are a living, breathing organisation, changing our approach to support survivors congruent with societal changes. Unfortunately, it is our experience that unless we take risks to make positive changes in society we will not irradicate the occurrence of domestic abuse.

Aanchal Women’s Aid was founded by Sudarshan Bhuhi MBE, responding to one woman’s need to safeguard her children from being taken to South Asia.  Aanchal was born and grew from strength to strength through word of mouth. Foundations firmly planted by hundreds of survivors.  We continued developing complex and comprehensive services, firstly through volunteer support alone and eventually securing a firm platform to continue our valuable and much needed work.  The employees of Aanchal have a deep appreciation of the full impact of domestic abuse on their beneficiaries.  Their relentless quest to support the beneficiaries of Aanchal on all fronts sits at the very heart of the organisation.  We would like to extend our heartfelt thank you to all the women who have worked in Aanchal since 1984, for their continued tireless focus to help those affected by domestic abuse, the women and children of Aanchal.


We are supported by a dedicated team of Trustees who have diverse skills in ensuring we are a sustainable and sound organisation, underpinned by values which run throughout the organisation and resonate with our beneficiaries.

The name Aanchal

The name Aanchal means a covering for the head, as is worn by Asian women.

It was chosen because it symbolises protection, comfort and safety.

We are Aanchal Women’s Aid.

We support women and their children who are affected by domestic abuse.  We help in their rescue, rehabilitation and the rebuilding of their lives.  Our guiding principle is that we never turn away a woman in need of our type of service.

Our message is clear – domestic abuse is wrong and unacceptable in any shape or form and we stand against it.  We will continue to make inroads within communities where women’s basic rights continue to be ignored both within their immediate environment and often the extended environment that simply is not aware.