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©  Lion’s Club Hannover Hermes

A shelter for women with disabilities in Germany

Providing a home for disabled women in Germany

The Air Liquide Foundation provides support for a women's shelter in Hanover, which is building a new extension to house women with disabilities who are victims of violence and abuse.

A place of refuge and support

The Hanover women's shelter can host up to 36 individuals and serves as a temporary shelter for women seeking support as they flee situations where they are victims of violence or abuse. Over 8,000 women and children have stayed there since it was founded in 1977. The shelter offers more than just a place to stay for these women and their children: it also provides moral and social support through a team of eight employees. The goal is to help women make a new start, free of violence and fear.

Women with disabilities are more likely to be victims of violence

Statistically, women with disabilities are more likely to be affected by domestic violence than other women. However, very few women's shelters have equipment suitable for their needs. The Hanover shelter is currently unable to provide them with a roof over their heads.

A new extension for women with disabilities

To provide these women with a place of refuge, the Hanover shelter decided to build a new building. This building will be accessible for people with disabilities and will help meet the growing demand for beds in the shelter.

The Air Liquide Foundation's involvement

The Air Liquide Foundation's grant will be used to purchase medical beds that are designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities. Through this support, the Air Liquide Foundation is helping to improve the support provided to women with disabilities who are victims of violence or abuse.


  • Project initiator: Lion’s Club Hannover Hermes
  • Location: Hanover, Germany
  • Year of support: 2015
  • Air Liquide sponsor : Dr. Ina Heitmann, Licher MT

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