Aanchal Women’s Aid is an organisation that supports women and their children by offering a free and confidential service for Asian women who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse. Services include a telephone helpline, emotional support, group work and counselling. They also provide advice on housing, matrimonial matters, welfare rights, debt and referrals to solicitors.
Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL) was set up in 2006 to reduce the poverty of local refugees and asylum-seekers, advance their education and raise awareness about refugees rights and needs.
Services include advice in welfare benefits, housing, education, employment, health and immigration, a supplementary Saturday School for children aged 4-11 and a foodbank for destitute asylum-seekers and refugees.
Action on Elder Abuse run a confidential freephone helpline, which provides information, advice and support to victims and others who are concerned about or have witnessed abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.
Funded by London Councils, Ascent is a partnership project that is part of the London Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Consortium, delivering a range of services to support women affected by domestic and/or sexual violence. Solace is lead partner, working with 14 organisations, on the Ascent Advice & Counselling partnership. This pan-London collaboration provides specialist counselling and advice services to women and girls affected by domestic/ sexual violence. Services include 1 to 1 counselling; 1-1 advice; group work, legal advice and training and No Recourse to Public Funds assistance
Ascent Advice and Counselling
Ascent Advice and Counselling (A&C), funded by London Councils is a partnership led by Solace along with 13 specialist VAWG partners delivering services to women across London. The services provided under this project include 1-1 counselling; bespoke group work, specialist advice, No Recourse Fund providing living expenses for those who are No Recourse to Public Funds; a London Family Law Line, Legal guides and training. This project is run by specialist organisations, led by and for women, many of whom are BME specialists. The Partnership operates a Hub and Spoke model with 2 advice hubs (East and West), a London Family Law Advice Line and advice spokes across all of London. Advice is provided by phone via the advice lines and via face to face casework for up to 12 weeks.
Ascent Advice Plus, funded by MOPAC, enhances the Ascent Advice offer available across London by adding extra capacity to the advice service by:
- Increased capacity on the advice hubs (East and West), enabling timely access to initial advice and support;
- Additional advice caseworker posts to ensure each specialist partner has increased capacity to respond flexibly to the diverse needs of victims/survivors and to work with women for up to 26 weeks;
- Additional part-time legal advisor to expand Rights of Women London Family Law advice line’s capacity to provide advice around legal options;
- Inclusion of additional consultancy expertise to assist in meeting a broader range of diverse needs, including LBT, deaf and disabled women and women with learning disabilities.
- Extension of reach through the provision of accessibility funds for each partner for venue costs and interpreting across all London boroughs.
Asha can provide confidential advice and information to any South Asian woman who is experiencing violence, or is worried about someone they know.
Asha also offers secure, temporary accommodation for South Asian women and children fleeing violence.
Ashiana Network offers specialist refuge, advice, support and counselling services for black and minority ethnic women and girls (14+) affected by domestic violence, sexual violence, forced marriage, honour based violence and women who have no recourse to public funds.
AWRC multilingual Harmful Practices helpline provides free, confidential, non-judgmental, and tailored guidance to women (16+) experiencing Harmful Practices and to professionals, who require guidance to support women in crisis. The helpline is run by trained professionals and is available Mon-Fri 10am -5pm.
We provide advice and signposting information on Harmful practices including domestic abuse, sexual abuse, forced marriage, so called 'honour'-based violence, so called 'corrective' rape, female genital mutilation (FGM), caste discrimination, menstrual huts, acid attacks, faith-based abuse as well as other forms of Harmful Practice.
We provide support services in the following languages: Bengali, Guajarati, Hindi, Hinko, Konkani, Marathi, Pashto, Patwari, Punjabi, Urdu, Farsi, Portuguese, Italian, Kurdish, Turkish & Azerbaijan. Our service ensures cultural sensitivity, confidentiality and listening time in a safe, non-judgemental environment. We have an open door policy to all women in need, from all ethnicity and backgrounds.
Asian Women's Resource Centre is a voluntary sector grassroots organisation, based in Harlesden, which provides support for women who are, or have been experiencing domestic abuse. The AWRC offers safety planning, advice and information, advocacy and support services to survivors. Their service ensures cultural sensitivity, confidentiality and listening time in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
AWRC also run support groups, community engagement activities, and workshops on rights and entitlements.
Barnet Refuges provide specialist and safe temporary accommodation for up to six months in the form of 24 units of refuge accommodation across 3 sites for women and their children who are in crisis/risk of harm and have low to medium support needs. We can accept boys up to 13 years at the manager's discretion.
Bexley Refuges provide specialist and safe temporary accommodation for up to six months in the form of 25 units of refuge accommodation across 3 sites for women and their children who are in crisis/risk of harm and have low to medium support needs. We can accept boys up to 13 years at the manager's discretion.
Services offered: Tenancy and Resettlement support, Emotional, Practical and Financial support, Parenting support, Trauma-Informed support.