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.
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.
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 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.