Remember you are not alone - domestic abuse can happen to anyone no matter your age, race, class, culture, disability, gender, sexuality or lifestyle.

The Pankhurst Trust

The Pankhurst Trust (Incorporating Manchester Women's Aid) was formed in 2014 as a merger between The Pankhurst Trust, which ran the iconic Pankhurst Centre with its museum and women-only activity space, and Manchester Women's Aid, Manchester's largest specialist provider of domestic abuse services. The two-fold mission reflects the charitable objects central to both organisations:

(a) to promote the equality of women, and

(b) to promote the benefit of women, suffering, or at risk of, domestic abuse, and their dependants, with the objects of:

  •            relieving need, hardship and distress among such beneficiaries;
  •           promoting the mental and physical health of such beneficiaries;
  •           advancing the education of such beneficiaries; and
  •           advancing the education of the general public in relation to issues of women’s equality and domestic abuse.


 (c) To secure for the public benefit the preservation, restoration, improvement, enhancement and maintenance of 60/62 Nelson Street, Manchester as a building of historic and architectural interest, which building shall house a heritage and educational centre for visitors regarding the suffragette movement, women’s equality and domestic abuse together with a drop in centre for women, space for conferences, classes and social events.

Manchester Women’s Aid

Manchester Women’s Aid provide vital support services to those suffering from domestic violence and abuse. Through community outreach, group work sessions, children’s play, safe homes and educational resources, our aim is to create a world where domestic abuse survivors can live fear free. 

We’ve joined forces with the Pankhurst Centre to show that through understanding the context of women’s rights, we’re able to create a safer world for everyone. Discover how you can get help as well as advice and support around domestic abuse. 

The Pankhurst Centre 

Number 62 Nelson Street was the home of Emmeline Pankhurst and her family from 1898 until 1907. The first meeting of the Women's Social and Political Union - the movement that became known as the suffragettes- took place in the parlour of the house. The Pankhurst Centre team work to ensure this important place remains open to the public and aim to develop it into the world-class heritage site it deserves to be. 

As well as serving as a small museum and heritage centre, the Pankhurst Centre is also a women’s centre and community space. It provides  space for activities and events run, often, but not always, by women, for women. It is a unique and vibrant place where which women can learn together, work on projects and socialise.

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