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.
We support Black and minoritised young women. This includes those from ethnic minority groups, LGBT+ and disabled young women. We can support if you are:
- You are aged 12-24
- You live, work or study in London Borough
- You are worried about or have experienced violence, abuse or exploitation
- You are experiencing trauma or emotional distress
Our Multi Disadvantage Advocate service is a Pan London Service providing support for minoritised young women and girls aged 14-24, living in London and who have experienced any type of VAWG and developed multiple disadvantage (including but not limited to mental health, sexual and reproductive health and well being, social functioning, life skills, housing and immigration). We provide advocacy by conducting risk and needs assessment while devising a tailored support plan to meet the needs of the young person and signpost where appropriate.
Our Counselling service provides emotional support for young people, aged 14-24 who experienced domestic violence directly or indirectly. We are providing a safe space where they can speak freely and confidentially to process feelings and their experiences, work through fears and hopefully gain some perspective of what healthy relationships look like.
East London Rape Crisis provides free, confidential specialist help for women and girls who have been raped or experienced any other form of sexual violence. The services are for women of all ages including young women over the age of 14, whatever the assault and whenever it occurred. The women who work and volunteer at Rape Crisis London will offer you confidential and independent support.
Services include emotional and practical support, advocacy through working with an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA), one-to-one counselling and group work.
Family Matters are a specialised charitable service supporting adults and children who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or rape through therapy and advocacy services for people living in Bexley.
The counselling practice is supported by qualified professionals - specialists in the areas of childhood sexual abuse and rape.
The Hear2Change project works with young people in schools and community with the aim of changing attitudes to Violence Against Women and Girls. The project provides support to young people through workshops, assemblies and one-to-one advocacy work for those who have experienced or are at risk of, violence and abuse.
Hear2Change is is 12 weeks group programme looking at root causes and strains of VAWG; young people participating can gain AQA Level 1 and Level 2 Awards. We provide individual advocacy support to young people impacted by any type of abuse, teachers training to support their understanding of trauma and how to spot the signs of abuse, as well as supporting parents and assemblies through peer to peer campaigning.
Solace works alongside Redthread, a London-based youth violence charity, to provide Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs) based in London’s four major trauma centres based in London: Royal London, St George’s, St Mary’s, King’s College Hospital.
We support all young people (men/women/transgender/nonbinary) between the ages of 11-25 that are victims/survivors or at risk of domestic abuse, sexual violence, child sexual exploitation (CSE), forced prostitution, female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage, honour based violence (HBV), and trafficking and modern slavery that present in the Emergency Department
We provide high quality case work support, advocacy, and information services to young people.
Mosac supports the non-abusing parents and carers of children who have been sexually abused. Their goal is to provide the non-abusing members of families with the help that they need to move on positively with their lives.
They provide a range of services—from counselling and emotional support through to legal advocacy, training and workshops.
One in Four specializes in supporting survivors of sexual violence and abuse, and particularly survivors of child sexual abuse and trauma. We support survivors with counselling, groups and advocacy.
Barnet SASS provides practical and emotional support to anyone aged 16+ who resides in the Borough of Barnet and experiencing domestic abuse, honour based violence and forced marriage.
- Consent based service the only exception is if the client was referred to service through the MARAC. Barnet SASS is a core Domestic Violence service in the Borough; we are also offering support to the survivors who have been referred to MARAC.
- Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) are co-located at different partner agency services; Colindale police station (3day per week), MH Service (4 days per week)and Adult/Children’s MASH (4 days per week). Everyone is working from home.
- We are working with all level of risk usually up to 3 months.
- We are working with all genders.
- We are also delivering the ARISE Course twice per year.
- We are also one of the lead DV agency for the One-Stop Shop which is an advice surgery provided by some agencies including, housing, anti-social behaviour officer from the Barnet Homes, family solicitors, and cybercare,
IRIS Advocate is only accepting IRIS trained GPs, providing longer-term support. We are only working with standard to medium cases.
We only accept referrals from Greenfield Medical Practice, Vale Drive Medical, The Old Courthouse, Langstone Way, Heathfielde Medical Centre, Wentworth Medical, Lichfield Grove, St Andrews Medical, St Georges Medical Practice, Millway Medical, Jai, Watling, Penhurst, Wakeman, East Barnet Health Care, Woodland Medical, Parkview Medical, Dr Azim and Partners, Supreme Medical Centre, Everglade Medical Centre, The Speedwell Practice, Temple Fortune, Oakleigh Road Health Centre, Freirn Barnet Medical Centre, Longrove Surgery, Village Surgery, Lane End Medical Centre, Brunswick Park, Hendon Way.
At Bexley we offer 1:1 advocacy, support and safety planning for medium to high risk service users. We support regardless of sexuality or gender and can take referrals internally, externally and in person.
The Bexley One Stop Shop
The Bexley One Stop Shop, offering a range of advice all under one roof to help victims of domestic abuse will be open from November 2021. The service will be open every Wednesday from the 3rd November from 12:30 pm to 3 pm at Central Library Bexleyheath, Townley Road, DA6 7HJ and will include legal representation, domestic abuse specialist support, plus other agencies, all offering advice on issues concerning domestic abuse. No appointment is required, all advice is free to anyone visiting the One Stop Shop.
We currently run Arise and ABC Programmes for women and also during COVID-19 have been running meditation virtually. We also held coffee mornings prior to the pandemic and hope to continue these in the future.
We are currently working in partnership with IKWRO to provide support to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women 18+ experiencing Domestic Abuse (DA) and living in Bexley.
This worker is able to support service users that are medium and high risk and referrals are accepted through our duty line/inbox and then referred onto IKWRO with Service User consent.
We have also secured funding for a year to provide a Specialist advocate, this worker will be providing support to women who have experienced violence against women and girls (VAWG) and are also experiencing multiple disadvantage including, but not limited to, mental health issues, substance use, offending behaviour, homelessness or engaging in prostitution.