Call our Hope Line without charge every day from 9:00 to 21:00

Welcome to the website of Abused Women and Children Hostel, which was founded by the Association of Members of Heraklion and Heraklion Prefecture Female Boards.

Our ambition for this website is to constitute a shelter and a source of vital solutions for every woman that confronts family abuse problems, as well as for everyone that is aware of similar issues but does not know how to act accordingly.

Feel free to browse the different sections of this site and to get informed on this major problem. Silence is complicity.

...Far off there, beside the sun,
my utter ambitions lie.
I may never reach them,
but I can raise my head
and see their beauty, believe them and try to follow the road they show me...
-Louisa Alcott

Hope Line

With respect, discretion and specialized staff, our "Hope Line", against family violence, helps each one of you that seeks help for herself or for a person of her family or friendly surroundings.

Call us now at 800 - 11 - 16000 every day from 9:00 to 21:00, free of charge.

Find out more about common Abuse Indications and how to recognize them. Learn about the main forms of abuse and get informed on the truth behind the four most common myths concerning family violence.


Are you a friend or a relative of an abused woman and you don't know how to react? Learn the correct methods of action against similar occasions in the Friends & Family section of our site.


If you wish to inform yourself on the various ways of opposing family violence or if you confront a similar problem yourself and you wish to talk with experts, do not hesitate to contact us.


How to help an abused woman

  • Know the facts about woman abuse.
  • Assure her that you believe her story.
  • Listen and let her talk about her feelings.
  • Do not judge or give advice.  Talk to her about her options.
  • Physical safety is the first priority.  If you believe she is in danger, tell her.  Help her plan an emergency exit.
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