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Police and Crime Commissioner visits Advance Hampshire team for International Women’s Day Event

March 8, 2024
Our Hampshire hosted a ‘Festival of Wellbeing’ event to celebrate International Women’s Day.

They collaborated with local, female-owned businesses, including The Pastry Corner, Creatful, Q Wellness and Beam Wellbeing. The event hosted a number wellbeing boosting activities, including guided meditation, aromatherapy and movement, and creativity sessions.

PCC Donna Jones said:
“I was delighted to attend Advance’s International Women’s Day event which brought together trailblazing women and community leaders to galvanise regional support for women and girls affected by domestic abuse and those who have experienced difficult childhoods. I am firm believer that a trauma-informed approach for those who enter the criminal justice system can change people’s lives.

“Often women in these situations need a guiding hand and someone who just understands and help them see a way through. Specialist support from Advance can be that beacon of hope and I was humbled by the clear dedication and ambition of those I joined to commemorate International Women’s Day today.”

Charlotte Ferguson, Advance service manager for Hampshire, said:
“I feel very grateful that a Fidelity grant enabled this special event and that we could coincide it with International Women’s Day celebrations. The day was about coming together and celebrating ourselves and each other. To be able to provide a day like this to the women we work with means so much when current times can be so difficult.”
Lied M, Advance Hampshire Co-ordinator, said:
“The day was a huge success with so much lovely positive feedback from everyone who attended. We are so grateful to Donna Jones for making the time to come along and allow us to share some of our work with her.”
Nancy Fellows from Creatful said:
“Creatful has been working with Advance for around two years now. We’ve seen how critical their work in our community is and we want to play a part in supporting them and the women they work with. It was amazing to join Advance to mark International Women’s Day and ensure their service users and staff had some time to focus on their wellbeing.”

Our Hampshire centre run by Advance offers specialist support to women in contact with the criminal justice system, many of whom are affected by domestic abuse and other forms of abuse and violence.

A woman supported by Hampshire team said: 
“They’re fighting your corner. They focus on where you’re going, not where you’ve come from.”


Media enquiries

For more information, please contact Tracie Couper, Press Officer at Advance, at tracie.c@advancecharity.org.uk or on 0743 2700 287.

  • Advance’s specialist advocates work in partnership with 11 local and national women’s service providers, alongside statutory services to provide services within women’s communities across the 6 regions of Hampshire, Kent, Thames Valley, Essex, Hertfordshire, and Bedfordshire.
  • Through our woman-centred approach, we aim to prevent the cycle of re-offending, tackling issues such as lack of consistent housing and homelessness, domestic abuse and sexual violence, mental health, emotional well-being, parenting and family relationships, education training and employment, finance, benefits, and debt.
  • 53% of women in prison report having experienced emotional, physical, or sexual abuse as a child compared to 22% of men.
  • 72% of women who entered prison in 2020 have committed a non-violent offence.
  • 57% of women in prison and under community supervision report being victims of domestic abuse. The true figure is likely higher, as many women fear disclosing abuse.
  • 50% of women, compared to 22% of men, have reported that they offended to support someone else’s drug use.
  • Read Advance’s latest report, ‘Her Story, Her Story’.
About Advance
  • Advance’s vision is a world in which women and children lead safe, equal, violence-free lives so that they can flourish and actively contribute to society. The charity works with women who experience domestic abuse to be safe and take control of their lives, and women who have committed crime or are at risk of offending to break the cycle.
  • As well as providing direct support, Advance works with statutory services, government agencies and other women’s charities to ensure a holistic approach to the issues these women face.
  • Women must be referred to Advance, via statutory services or the charity’s self-referral scheme. For more information about who Advance is able to support, please visit Get help 
  •  For facts and statistics about domestic abuse and women in the criminal justice system, as well as Advance’s work, please visit Our impact 



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