Opoka is a specialist Domestic Abuse Service for Polish women and children in the UK, working to stop domestic violence and abuse in the Polish community with a prevalence in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, and North Somerset.
Opoka’s service was set up in May 2012 by Aneta Mackell who personally experienced and survived life-threatening and enduring violence, and abuse during her first marriage back in Poland (1990-2002).
Since then, Opoka has come a long way and has grown and expanded to meet the needs of the Polish community to reach vulnerable and isolated women and children.
In 2020 Opoka worked with 653 complex long-term cases and responded to 10,971 Helpline calls. Opoka’s aim is for women and their children to have greater freedom from all forms of domestic violence and abuse and for those who do experience domestic violence and abuse to benefit from greater access to care, support, justice, and other services needed to ensure physical and mental health, social wellbeing, and financial security.