About Us

Vesta - Specialist Family Support CIC was formerly known as Polish Domestic Violence Helpline (PDVH). PDVH supported Polish victims of domestic violence since 2014. We set up the first UK-wide helpline specifically for Polish people who experienced domestic abuse. It was founded by Ewa Wilcock, she developed it initially as a project within a local charity, Cheshire Without Abuse. National interest in the helpline grew quickly and in 2015 we registered as a charitable incorporated organisation and developed our services independently. Apart from the helpline, we offered telephone counselling and a domestic abuse recovery programme for Polish women, Gateway. 

 

There was a growing demand for our services and we decided to change the way we operate to continue to provide invaluable support to Polish families. In September 2018 we registered Vesta - Specialist Family Support CIC which is our new name and new organisation. We extended our support offer to respond to the growing needs of our clients. We support families affected by domestic abuse through specialist courses for victims and perpetrators. We also focus on improving the parenting skills and the general well-being of Polish families, we offer a parenting course and counselling.  

We offer competitive prices for our services and we are also looking at alternative ways of funding our projects.

We offer our services remotely across England and Wales. We can offer our courses face-to-face in Cheshire, Wrexham, Flintshire, Staffordshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester. 

Meet Our Directors

Ewa Wilcock

Managing Director

Ewa believes that every person has the right to be safe and have a happy and healthy life regardless of their nationality, gender or age. 

Ewa is a sociologist by profession. She is also a qualified interpreter and her interest in domestic violence developed whilst she interpreted for victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse. She founded Polish domestic violence helpline and worked as a specialist domestic violence worker. She is an accredited facilitator to run recovery programmes for victims and perpetrator courses. 

She worked tirelessly to support victims, promote their rights and to raise awareness about domestic violence in Polish families living in the UK.

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Agnieszka Litke

Finance Manager

Agnieszka is our "financial brain", she keeps our finances in check and makes sure we comply with accounting standards.

Agnieszka is a qualified accountant. She runs a successful accountancy practice which provides a whole range of financial services to individuals and companies in three regional branches.

She is also a treasurer in a number of charitable organisations and actively supports their community initiatives.

Our vision

“Polish families, where everyone can have healthy relationship with each other, can feel safe and thrive in a nurturing environment”

Our values

Client focus

Compassion

Change

Representation

Integrity

Highlights from our work
as Polish Domestic Violence Helpline