This section provides information specific to women. It lists general information of services available to women who found themselves faced with violence. It covers areas such as domestic violence, sexual assault, rape and trafficking. Please note that some organisations will only accept referrals from refugee agencies.
There are so many organisations that we can’t list them all. If we’ve left out one that’s important, let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll include it.
This section includes the following categories;
-Refuges and domestic violence organisations
-Sexual assault and rape
24 Hours National Domestic Violence Helpline
This telephone hotline operates 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to support and provide women with information they need to make informed choices. You can also get information on safe refuges for women and children. Several languages are spoken.
Careline provides a range of safe, non-judgemental counselling services that help those in acute emotional distress. The helpline specializes in rape, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. There is a messaging service available. The website is now closed but the helpline will continue operation until 30th September.
This organisation provides a 24-hour confidential helpline that offers emotional support to those experiencing feelings that may lead to suicide. They provide information on the helpline nearest you, including over ten in London.
This independent national charity helps victims of any crime and has branches throughout England and Wales. Through their hotline, they can provide information on police and court procedures as well as links to other helpful organisations. Anyone affected by crime can call, and several languages are spoken. See the website for hotline operation days and times.
This project provides a 24-hour immediate crisis response to survivors of domestic violence living within the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in London. It offers information, support and advice to survivors of intimate partner violence.
Advice, support and a limited number of bed spaces for young South Asian, Turkish and Iranian women escaping any form or degree of physical, sexual, mental or emotional abuse. It also has an outreach service at a personal and community level as well as a counseling service for young people (13-21) of any ethnicity.
They run a series of comfortable, safe refuges across London for women leaving situations of domestic violence. If you need help you can be referred to one of their refuges by calling the National Domestic Violence Helpline (0808 2000 247 as above). In 2009 Eaves will launch a new drop-in Advice Centre too.
Provides refuge for women and children fleeing domestic violence in Barnet, Enfield and Haringey.
Tel: 08456 000 331 or 08456 076 595
Aanchal - Asian Women's Domestic Violence project
This organisation offers a 24 hour helpline with advice, counseling and practical help for Asian women suffering from domestic violence and other related issues. There are evening group sessions for young women (8-16), women (25-55) and older (55 over). Languages spoken include Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, and Tamil. Opening hours are Mon-Fri, 9:30am - 2pm.
Bryant Street Community Centre, Bryant Street, London E15 4RU
Tel: 08454 512 547 (24h helpline)
The Kiran Project
Provides safe, temporary accommodation for Asian women and their children escaping domestic violence (space for 7 families). Offers confidential advice for women fleeing various forms of abuse including physical, mental and sexual abuse, or from financial exploitation. There are also English classes for women in housing. Referrals are taken Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4pm.
Refuge for Latin American women and their children fleeing domestic violence. Also provides information and advocacy to women who are experiencing domestic violence. It also offers help with housing and all aspects of the welfare system as well as referrals to law practitioners.
Project project supports women who have experienced gender-based violence, including torture, rape, FGM, forced marriage, witchcraft abuse and trafficking. Offer 1-1 counselling and advocacy with female staff, as well as a weekly women's support group.
The NIA project aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for women and children, who are escaping physical, sexual and emotional abuse. Housing services, legal advice and family support is available.
This organisation provides emergency housing for women experiencing domestic violence. They also provide mental health services, training, and rights-based information. They accept referrals, including self-referrals.
UK membership association whose main focus is on increasing the safety of those experiencing domestic violence through promoting effective interventions with perpetrators. There is an advice phoneline.
Women's Aid is an umbrella organisation which refers women affected by domestic violence to local support organisations. Their website has information and contact details of many domestic violence organisations in London, including the many local Women's Aid projects.
There are three Haven projects in London based in three different hospitals. They operate a confidential service for anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted. The clinics provide medical services, counselling and practical advice and support. They help with immediate crisis work, and then provide follow up assistance. If you decide to report the case to the police, they will also provide support during the judicial process. You can approach the Haven clinics to make an appointment and there is no obligation to report the rape or assault to the police. See the website for the addresses and details of the three Haven projects.
This is the specialist unit of the police which deals with rape and sexual assault. There is a unit in each London borough. You can find the numbers on the internet or by contacting their general office.
Provides advice, support and information if you’re a domestic worker in the UK. Also, provides assistance with finding new employers and accommodation. They also run English classes and a social centre.
St Francis Centre, 13 Hippodrome Place, London, W11 4SF
Tel: 02072 432 942 Fax: 02077 923 060
The Poppy Project
Provides housing and support to up to 25 adult female victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation, providing they fulfil the Home Office criteria. This criteria includes: that the woman was brought to the UK; that she has been working as a prostitute in the last 30 days (in the UK); that she has been forcibly exploited; that she has come forward to the authorities and that she is willing to co-operate with the authorities.