What's in a name? Find out where our project names come from.
Hackney Women’s Aid became the nia project in 2003 to reflect our widening range of services. Symbolic of the universal links between women who have been subjected to men’s violence and the global feminist movement to resist patrichal violence, we chose the name ‘nia’, which is a Swahili word meaning purpose or intent.
The Emma Project is named after Emma Humphreys, who, aged 17, after being convicted of the murder of her violent 33-year-old boyfriend and pimp, Trevor Armitage. Emma was freed 12 years later in 1985 winning an appeal changing the conviction to manslaughter on the grounds of long-term provocation. Emma died of an accidental overdose of prescribed medication, 3 years later, aged just 30.
“I just needed someone to talk to. Once I got the courage to speak to someone to talk to about my problems, it was a real help. It was great to find someone who got me, someone to talk to and an action plan of what I could do next. Without their help, I just don’t know how I would be feeling now. I’m not quite there yet, but I know I’m on the right track.”
Daria House is named after Daria Pionko who was murdered in Leeds’ so-called prostitution managed zone in December 2015. In Daria’s memory we say prostitution can never be safe for women.