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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge makes faces at 4-month-old Gabriel as she talks to his mother Hlengiwe Sithole during a visit to the Nelson Trust Women’s Centre

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, visited the Nelson Trust Women’s Centre in Gloucester, England today to bring attention to the center’s important work in supporting women who have vulnerabilities, particularly those who have experienced abuse and trauma.

Along with a second site in Swindon, the Women’s Center supports over 500 women in South-west England annually, across Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. During the visit, Her Royal Highness met with members of staff and was introduced to women who have accessed the center’s vital support. The Center was set up in 2010 and customizes their approach to each individual woman’s needs.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge talks to staff members during a visit to the Nelson Trust Women’s Centre on November 4, 2016 in Gloucester, England.

Each woman at the center is offered a detailed individual assessment of their needs across nine “pathways”. These pathways include accommodation; physical and mental health; drugs and alcohol; finance and benefits; family and relationships; domestic abuse; sex working; education and training; attitudes, thinking and behavior.

Every client has their own Keyworker who works with them to develop a support plan to address their needs. This is achieved through one-to-one sessions, group work and access to specialist services across the county.


Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Chief Executive of the Nelson Trust John Trolan unveil a plaque at the Center