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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.

Angelou is a partnership of 10 specialist organisations that have come together to support women and girls experiencing domestic or sexual violence in South West London.
You can chat to us over the phone, face to face or attend group sessions – whatever works best for you.
We work together to bring the service to you. Whatever you may need, we can help you find the right support.

Angelou is a partnership of 10 specialist organisations that have come together to support women and girls experiencing domestic or sexual violence in South West London.
You can chat to us over the phone, face to face or attend group sessions – whatever works best for you.
We work together to bring the service to you. Whatever you may need, we can help you find the right support.

Angelou is a partnership of 10 specialist organisations that have come together to support women and girls experiencing domestic or sexual violence in South West London.
You can chat to us over the phone, face to face or attend group sessions – whatever works best for you.
We work together to bring the service to you. Whatever you may need, we can help you find the right support.

The Solace Counselling team offers one to one counselling sessions to women, creating a safe space for them to explore the impact of violence on their lives.  Experienced counsellors work with women to help them recover from the long term impact of emotional and physical abuse. Our counselling services are delivered as part of the Ascent Advice and Counselling partnership.

1:1 Counselling

We offer one-to-one counselling to victims/survivors of domestic abuse and all forms of VAWG. The service covers 1 assessment and up to 15 counselling sessions. We also offer 6 sessions of pre-trial therapy. Solace Women’s Aid offers this service in 12 London Boroughs, please see the updated waiting list. 

o    Barnet: Closed

o    Camden:Closed

o    Enfield: Closed

o    Greenwich: Closed

o    Hackney : Closed

o    Haringey: Closed

o    Havering: Open

o    Islington: Closed

o    Newham: Open

o    Lambeth: Closed

o    Southwark: Closed

o    Waltham Forest: Open

Referrals

Solace Women’s Aid Counselling Service is a specialist emotional support service for women and girls aged 16 and over who are survivors of domestic and sexual violence. We work with women who;

  • Have given their explicit consent to be referred to the service
  • Have a connection with the following boroughs: Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Havering, Greenwich, Islington, Lambeth, Newham, Southwark (i.e. living, working, education or children’s nursery/school)
  • Have been affected by domestic or sexual abuse either recently, currently or in the past. This can mean physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or financial including coercive control and other harmful practices
  • Want and can commit to regular counselling or psychoeducational group sessions on a weekly basis, are able to manage their time in order to attend and make appropriate childcare arrangements
  • Are not high risk victims of domestic abuse
  • Are emotionally robust enough to manage their own safety in terms of coping with possible anxiety or emotional pain that might come up without this posing a risk to their well-being
  • Want to make changes happen for themselves and are willing to consider personal possibilities
  • Are psychologically well enough to maintain contact for the duration of the time agreed
  • Are not currently receiving counselling with another service or about to start soon (not applicable if attending ‘Moving Forward’ psycho-educational group)
  • The counselling service is unable to provide crisis intervention or give emergency appointments if a woman is in immediate psychological crisis and potentially at risk. If this is the case, please refer to her GP or to the appropriate Community Mental Health Team (CMHT)
  • Are able to attend counselling sessions/assessments in their suitable borough within the counsellors availability (stated below)

If a client is required to attend as a witness in criminal court proceedings for domestic and/or sexual violence; we may be able to provide 6 pre-trial support sessions (it is not recommended for clients to attend counselling or groups due to CPS guidelines).

Ascent Counselling Leaflet

Ascent Moving Forward Group

The Moving Forward Group is an 8-week educational programme for women aged 16+ who have experienced any form of domestic and/or sexual violence. These groups provide some first steps on the road to recovery from domestic and/or sexual abuse.

A safe space to talk, listen and be heard while gaining emotional support. It gives women the opportunity to share experiences and information and explore and understand the impact of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse and the support to regain power and make positive choices. 

 

 

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.

Ascent Leaflet 

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.

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.

BCWA’s Outreach Team supports women and men experiencing domestic abuse in the community in Bromley who want to know what their options are, and would like a non-judgmental listening ear.
They discuss options with clients and deliver a range of interventions as well as develop safety plans, and support clients through civil or criminal courts. They also run support groups for survivors.