ELEANOR Maddocks who founded the West Lancashire Women’s Refuge in Skelmersdale 30 years ago has received the MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.
In recent years the refuge has been renamed the Liberty Centre to encompass the other services they offer, including outreach workers for adults, children and men who have been victims of domestic violence.
For the last three decades Eleanor - who set up the refuge following her own life experiences – was the driving force keeping the centre together.
And she said at the time of her retirement in September 2017 that there is a need for more places across the country to help women who have been the victims of domestic violence.
At the time she told the Champion: “Having to say ‘no’ to families over the years and telling them we couldn’t accommodate them has been very difficult. We can only cater for so many.
“At refuges up and down the county there should be more spaces available. There should be more provision.
“Two women a week are murdered as a result of domestic violence in this country and there have been many unnecessary deaths over the years. Refuges should receive central funding from the government.
“It can also have a traumatic effect on children as well. Children can witness the abuse, or they can be abused themselves.”
The refuge was lent its first unit in the summer of 1987 by a taxi firm in Liverpool Road, Skelmersdale. Eleanor and colleagues had the job of fundraising, and collecting clothes for women who had been victims of domestic abuse.
Eleanor received her MBE for services to Victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse in West Lancashire.
Meanwhile's Ormskirk's Jeanne Kenyon who is a magistrate also received an MBE for services to the Administration of Justice.