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Shelter for women

Women’s shelter

If you are subjected to intimate partner abuse, honour-based violence, human trafficking or forced prostitution, it may sometimes be necessary to live somewhere else temporarily. Kadera offers various types of care in Enschede and Zwolle.

We will examine which type of help is most appropriate together. For example, someone can live in a group unit or in one of our independent living units. If you have children, you can bring them to the shelter.

Clients live in our facilities in neat little apartments, many of which have their own living room, kitchenette and bathroom. People under serious threat may be housed in one of our Safe Houses. Their locations are kept strictly secret. The maximum stay is one year.

Anyone can search for appropriate help for themselves or others through the Opvangatlas (shelter atlas)—including in case of threats or violence at home.

People staying at Kadera have access to a range of counselling services in the shelter. In addition to individual counselling sessions, we also offer courses and meetings. The client works with the case manager to determine the goals they want to work on. There is also help available to regain financial independence. We guide clients toward a life without abuse using the Krachtwerk methodology, focusing on what they can do instead of what they cannot do. We help clients discover and utilise their strengths. They are in control of the process.

Kadera focuses on the client, their partner/ex-partner, and any children or others involved to stop domestic abuse. In conversations which may include the partner, we discuss the dynamics—how people interact and respond to each other. These conversations are necessary to end domestic abuse.

We pay special attention to children in the shelter. Like their parent, they also receive counselling. Veerkracht is a methodology that helps with this. Social workers work to ensure the children’s safety, well-being and development. Each child receives individual counselling and a screening, action plan and safety plan. A regular social worker supports the child and parents during this process.

Children must receive the care they need. To that end, Kadera collaborates with external organisations such as Jeugdbescherming Overijssel. When children come into our care, we help them return to school as soon as possible. We have made arrangements with schools in the area. There is a nursery in the shelter for young children. We also organise activities and outings.

Clients can obtain aftercare after their stay in the shelter. We will continue working on the strengths assessment and the action plan. The client will receive several counselling sessions to work on their goals. If necessary for aftercare, Kadera will collaborate with parties such as general social services or Regionale Instelling voor Begeleiding bij Wonen, Werken en Welzijn (RIBW). Clients can also receive aftercare from Kadera at home.

For more information or if you want to sign up, call +31 88 422 24 95 or send an email to

Sheltered Accommodation for Men

Men’s shelter

Men can also be victims of domestic abuse. Around 80,000 men become victims of domestic abuse in the Netherlands every year. Shame and disbelief from those around them can make it difficult for men to seek help.

Kadera provides care and counselling for men and their children. Our help consists of Sheltered Accommodation in Zwolle; men are housed in a private apartment from which they have access to counselling from Kadera’s social workers. You can bring your children with you. Visiting arrangements may continue during the stay at Sheltered Accommodation for Men.

Domestic abuse includes all forms of physical, sexual and psychological abuse. Some men are abused by their partners. They are subjected to mental abuse—such as humiliation and belittling—or physical abuse. Others are abused by their families. This could be because the family feels he is harming their family’s honour, because of his sexual orientation or because he is refusing a forced marriage, for example. This is called honour-based violence. Some men are forced to perform services, which are sometimes sexual. This is called human trafficking or forced prostitution.

You can read more about male abuse at Kadera provides help and shelter to male victims of domestic abuse. At Sheltered Accommodation for Men, we offer victims help and support to end the abuse.

For more information or if you want to sign up, call +31 88 422 24 95 or send an email to

Sheltered Accommodation for Young Mothers

Girls who are subjected to domestic abuse are vulnerable. Becoming a very young mother on top of that requires an incredible amount of resilience.

Some young mothers have a family background of domestic abuse. Abuse may also occur in the relationship with their partner.

Kadera’s Sheltered Accommodation for Young Mothers programme is aimed at young mothers with one child and pregnant women aged 16 to 23 who have been subjected to or are experiencing domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse includes physical and mental abuse, financial exploitation and sexual abuse. Kadera can also help you if you are or have been involved with a lover boy, if you are or have been a witness to domestic abuse, if you have problems with your parents, or if your parents are having problems with each other. .

You can live in Kadera’s Sheltered Accommodation with your child. Kadera will provide a fully furnished apartment. You pay rent for it, have your own front door and can get a housing allowance if you are eligible. Five other young or expecting mothers live in the same building with their children. You can learn from each other and offer each other support.

You can receive visitors in your apartment within the constraints of the rules. You can stay in the apartment for approximately one year. You will go to school or work, if possible.

You will also receive help from a Kadera social worker in dealing with others, stopping abuse, and finances. The aim is to help you build a future for yourself and your baby.

For more information or if you want to sign up, call +31 88 422 24 95 or send an email to


What is Take a Break?

At Take a Break you and your partner take a temporary ‘break’. Together, care providers and you ensure that the violence stops. This happens as much as possible at your home. By making a plan together, we ensure that it is safe at home again. The whole family is involved. There are no costs associated with Take a Break.

How does Take a Break work?

Take a Break lasts approximately 6 weeks and consists of several parts:

  • You and your partner will each have your own counselor to whom you can tell your story. The topics of discussion are safety and relationships.
  • Special attention is paid to children in the family. A care provider talks to you and the children and examines what is needed for a safe situation.
  • A psychologist talks to you and your partner separately. The psychologist is there to see if there are any psychological issues that require help.
Take a break

If necessary, one of you will take a break. For example, by temporarily staying with family or friends. The basic principle during a break is that the children stay at home. This way you can both think calmly and discuss what you need to make it safe at home again.

Suitable plan

After about 6 weeks, the care providers will provide advice that suits your situation. Consider further guidance from Kadera, a social neighborhood team, conversations with a psychologist, guidance in raising the children, help with addiction or finances. The plan describes how you, together or separately, will achieve a safe situation for the whole family.


Help in people’s homes.

People whose homes are unsafe or at risk thereof can seek help from Kadera. This could be families that experience a lot of tension, quarrels, and sometimes violence. It could also be women or men who have had an abusive partner and fear getting involved with an abusive partner again. People who are unsure of how to deal with their partner without using violence People who are unsure of how to deal with their partner without using violence can also seek help.

A Kadera ambulatory counsellor will work with them on increasing safety, preventing escalation and ending domestic abuse or preventing its recurrence.

Counselling takes place at home.

Establishing how domestic abuse occurs is important to stop and prevent it. How do conversations or arguments get so out of hand that boundaries are crossed? Who does what, and how should others respond to that? What patterns and habits can be identified? During counselling, we also talk about what violence means to each person. This is especially important for children because domestic abuse can be traumatic.

Slowly but surely, it becomes clear what must be done to prevent and stop violent quarrels and abuse. The aim is to solve problems together, without violence. An action plan will contain the goals set to achieve that. The goals may vary from person to person or from family to family. The counsellor will provide support in achieving the goals.

For more information or if you want to sign up, call +31 88 422 24 95 or send an email to


AWARE Personal Alarm

The AWARE Personal Alarm is for men and women being threatened by an ex-partner or family member. The personal alarm is a mobile alarm system. Eligible individuals carry the small alarm with them. If there is acute danger, they can press a button to alert the police. The police can see where the person is and rush to their location. The alert is given the highest priority.

You can use the AWARE Personal Alarm if:

  • you are registered with Kadera and have had an intake interview;
  • you live in the IJsselland or Twente region;
  • you are willing to file a police report after each AWARE notification;
  • there is a realistic possibility that you will meet your attacker and that they will use or threaten you with violence;
  • you are no longer in contact with your ex-partner. You may have visitation arrangements with the children, however.

People who want to qualify for the AWARE Personal Alarm can call Kadera Access and Trajectories on 088 422 24 95.

You can also send an email to and you will be called back as soon as possible.

Prevention and training

In addition to providing shelter and counselling to victims of domestic abuse, Kadera has a wide range of prevention and expertise promotion offerings. Our experienced trainers can provide a variety of training and information sessions. We can also offer custom training on request. To see our full range of training options, visit the knowledge centre on this website.


Kadera has several projects in addition to the regular help it provides. These projects are mostly made possible by funds and enable us to provide additional help or guidance to our clients. Visit the Knowledge Centre for more information on our current projects.