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.
Abianda is a social enterprise that works with young women affected by gangs. We offer one-to-one, group work and employment opportunities to gang-affected young women. We provide frontline services for young women aged 11 to 24.
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.
Parents or carers with adolescent or adult children who are abusive and use drugs or alcohol, may be able to access support through groups known to Adfam (families, drug and alcohol charity). There is a map of local support on the website.
Adfam have information on the website for parents of abusive adolescent and adult children who also use drugs or alcohol.
Adfam is the only national umbrella organisation working specifically with and for families affected by drugs and alcohol. Our final goal is that no family member in need of support should go without it. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for families affected by drug and alcohol use.
Please note we do not operate a helpline - see website for information.
If you have committed a crime, Advance provides all the help you need to move on at our women-only Minerva Centre. Our staff are here to listen and help you get the support you need to move forward with your life and make choices that are right for you.
At our Minerva Centre each woman has their own keyworker who will help them work through a variety of issues and find solutions.
Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking. We believe alcoholism affects the whole family, not just the drinker. We are an international organisation with over 800 support groups in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience in order to solve their common problems.
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.
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.