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 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.
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.
Advice for Renters support people living in private rented accommodation to access legal advice and holistic, person-centred support.
Albert Kennedy Trust supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16 - 25 facing housing difficulties. They help LGBTQ+ young people find safe homes and can support with things like employment, education and training, in an environment that celebrates LGBTQ+ identities.
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.
Cambridge Hpuse have a safer renting programme designed to protect tenants who are victimised by criminal landlords by providing specialist advice, advocacy and support.
Safer Renting’s are to:
Prevent homelessness, particularly by intervening in illegal evictions.
Support private renters to negotiate better conditions in their homes.
Enable private renters to leave a criminal landlord on their own terms, with compensation whenever possible.
Inform government policy and best practice by analysing and communicating how criminal landlords are exploiting the London housing crisis at the expense of tenants.
Camden Federation of Private Tenants (CFPT) is funded by the local authority to provide a voice for private tenants in the London Borough of Camden. Run by and for private tenants, we were set up in 1980 as a mutual support group to help this group of residents come together to organise and campaign for their rights and improve their housing conditions.
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.