The opening of our centre was preceded by a long preparatory work – we had been looking for suitable rooms already since the year 2003, while negotiating repeatedly with Tallinn city authorities. Unfortunately, without result.
In the beginning of the year 2005, we finally managed to find a semi-basement, which badly needed renovation. We renovated the rooms ourselves. After that we were able to provide shelter accommodation for 8 persons. We opened our doors in March 8th, 2005. It was the second women's shelter opened in Estonia.
Within a very short period it became clear that the available space is not sufficient to help women who fall victims of violence in their close relationships.
In May 2006 we found new rooms in the centre of the city and, again, we started with renovating the premises ourselves. After making up the new rooms, the Crisis Centre got 14 additional beds. We are now the biggest women's shelter in Estonia.
Tallinn Women Crisis Centre aims to fight against various forms of violence against women (physical, sexual, psychological and economical) through supporting victims of violence and organizing preventive activities to reduce the risk of violence.
Our primary aim is to help victims of domestic violence (together with children, if needed) and to support their exit from the circle of violence.
Our mission is to work towards ensuring that every child would have a non-violent childhood.