The MOPAC Violence Against Women and Girls Fund – what it means to frontline delivery services

We are delighted to have won a major award from the Mayor of London’s Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) fund.  £1.5m will enable us and The Ascent Partnership to increase our capacity to help more women in London who are experiencing domestic abuse and receive the advice and lifesaving support they need.

Solace is the leading Violence Against Women and Girls charity in London and we are stronger still with the specialist women’s organisations we work alongside in partnership.  Violence and abuse is a major problem in the capital. There were 46,000 recorded domestic abuse offences in the year 2011; in 2018 this figure rose to a total of 85,000 and alarmingly, between October 2018 and September 2019, there were more than 112,000 instances of domestic abuse reported to the Metropolitan Police. This is an increase of 27,000 incidents in London in just one year.

The Non-Crisis Advice Programme will be delivered across every London borough and will provide additional support to thousands of women through an increased number of Advocates providing one-to-one advice and expansion of our Advice Line enabling us to respond to more women seeking help.  

Fiona Dwyer, Solace CEO, said:

Most domestic and sexual violence is committed by men against women and girls, and this informs our focus and why this new fund is a lifeline for women in London who are living with abuse right now.  In 2018 29 women were killed as a result domestic abuse, up from 9 deaths the year before. Women are literally paying with their lives.  We thank MOPAC for working with the sector to increase our capacity so we can meet ever growing demand.  In the last five years Solace has doubled the number of women and children supported from 11,000 to nearly 23,000 last year across our crisis and prevention services.

Women experiencing violence and abuse have often been through significant trauma and likely to be experiencing deprivation or facing other significant disadvantage. Our work is person-centred and trauma-informed, ensuring all support and decisions are tailored to meet individual needs of each woman. The priority is to ensure the immediate safety of women and their children and then working with women to cope, recover and build independence.

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