Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

**For all victims experiencing domestic abuse and who are deemed to be at high risk of serious harm or murder – please complete a MARAC referral (see below for details)**


Angelou

A partnership of ten organisations covering South West London. See below for details of individual organisations. Offer support to anybody experiencing:

  • Domestic violence and abuse
  • Harassment or stalking
  • Faith based violence
  • Child exploitation
  • Sexual assault or rape
  • Female genital mutilation

W: https://www.angelou.org

T: 0808 801 0660 or 0208 741 7008 (translators available)

E: angelou@advancecharity.org.uk 

Refer clients to Angelou if unsure where their needs are best served.

Included in the partnership are:

Advance

For women and girls (aged 13+) living in K&C and experiencing domestic violence, including forced marriage and honour-based violence. Offer emotional support and legal, housing, welfare benefits advice.

W: http://advancecharity.org.uk

Tel: 020 8741 7008

Email: angelou@advancecharity.org.uk

African Women’s Care

Works with BME Refugee adults, children and young people, fleeing domestic and sexual abuse including forced marriage, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, gang violence and ‘honour’-based violence. Offer confidential one to one and group support enabling victims to make informed choices and exit violent situations.

A: Canalside Home, 383 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5AA

Tel: 020 8969 8389

E: africanwomencare@hotmail.com

Al-Hasaniya 

Provides free and confidential support for Moroccan and Arabic-speaking women and girls in K&C experiencing all forms of domestic abuse. Arabic Speaking Independent Domestic Violence Advocates support women to explore their options, increase their safety and understanding of the criminal justice system and enhance their emotional well-being. Can be offered via telephone or face to face – depending on the client’s needs and wishes.

W: http://www.al-hasaniya.org.uk

T: 020 8969 2292

E: contact@al-hasaniya.org.uk

Butterfly Project

Local, community based women’s group. Run by survivors for survivors, it provides support for women who have experienced or are currently experiencing domestic abuse. Offers drop-in support groups, art therapy, relaxation sessions, space to make friendships and confidence building workshops.

Leaflet: https://www.hestia.org/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=bfc767c7-56df-4a9d-9e01-1949e268fbab

T: 07800 938 851

E: angeloureferral@hestia.org

Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP)

Run services for men who have been violent to their partner, and for women who have suffered domestic violence. Support parents and children affected by domestic violence. Aim to help people end the cycle of domestic abuse, for good. Sliding scale cost, though free for some.

Al-Aman is DVIP’s Arabic Speaking Project that offers support to Arabic speaking clients across London.

W: http://www.dvip.org

T: 020 7633 9181

E: info@dvip.org

Galop

LGBT anti-violence & abuse charity. Give advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence, domestic abuse or hate crimes. They can also support this community if they have had problems with the police.

Provide a specialist advocacy service, legal advice and support in reporting crimes. Numerous useful factsheets available to download from their website.

W: http://www.galop.org.uk

T: 020 7704 2040 (London) or 0800 999 5428 (National)

E: referrals@galop.org.uk or help@galop.org.uk

Hestia

Provides domestic abuse refuges in London and works to combat Human Trafficking across the Capital and the South East. 

W: http://www.hestia.org/how-we-help/domestic-abuse/

T: 020 7378 3100

Email: info@hestia.org

Solace Women’s Aid

An independent charity working across London, providing life-saving support offering refuges, advice, counselling, advocacy, support groups and family & children’s projects, enabling survivors to live free from abuse.

W: http://solacewomensaid.org

T: 0808 802 5565 (M-F 10am-4pm)

E: advice@solacewomensaid.com

Women & Girls Network

Provides free and confidential advice, advocacy, counselling and support group services for women and girls living in London who have experienced sexual and domestic violence.

W: http://www.wgn.org.uk

T: 0808 801 0660

Woman’s Trust

Provide free therapeutic services including counselling and support groups, self-development workshops and mother and children art therapy workshops for women who have experienced domestic abuse.

W: http://www.womanstrust.org.uk

T: 0207 034 0303

E: office@womenstrust.org.uk

Everyman Project

Aims to help men to change their angry, violent or abusive behaviour. It runs 30 week counselling programmes for men seeking help, and produces literature and information on self help strategies.  Sliding scale charges (£10 – 50).

It also provides support for partners at risk, including information and advice, one to one counselling and telephone counselling.

W: www.everymanproject.co.uk

T: 0207 263 8884

Email: everymanproject@btopenworld.com

K&C Police Community Safety Unit

A specialist unit dealing with all domestic abuse, including same sex domestic abuse. Trained officers investigate cases, take statements, and give advice on legal options and safety issues, as well as putting victims of domestic abuse in touch with local support services

Tel: 0208 246 0109 / 73

MARAC

A Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) is a regular local meeting to discuss how to help victims at high risk of murder or serious harm. A domestic abuse specialist (Idva), police, children’s social services, health and other relevant agencies all sit around the same table. They talk about the victim, the family and perpetrator, and share information. The meeting is confidential. Together, the meeting writes an action plan for each victim.

Please refer to this website for a referral checklist and form: http://www.standingtogether.org.uk/local-partnership/marac

More information about the MARAC process is available here: http://safelives.org.uk/practice-support/resources-marac-meetings

Refuge

National charity offering education, advice and a range of support services to those experiencing domestic abuse.

Free 24-Hour helpline: 0808 2000 247

W: https://www.refuge.org.uk/

Survivors UK

Offers individual and group therapy to adult men who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives. Also offers individual counselling to partners (male and female).

Web-chat and instant messaging services accessible via the website. London based. Sliding scale charges.

W: www.survivorsuk.org

T: 020 3598 3898

E: info@survivorsuk.org

The Havens

Specialist centres in London for anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted within the last 12 months. Women, men, young people and children can all attend. Offer forensic examination, advice, support and treatment. The services can be used without having to report the assault to the police. 

W: www.thehavens.co.uk

A: St Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street, London W2 1NY

T: 020 3299 1599

24 Emergency telephone number 020 3299 6900 to be used if recent rape or sexual assault and making initial contact.

E: havens@imperial.nhs.uk

West London Action for Children

Work with families, teenagers and children facing many different challenges e.g. domestic violence, bereavement, divorce and separation, school exclusions, bullying and truancy, mental health concerns, parenting difficulties, resettlement trauma, substance misuse, experiences of abuse and racism among others.

They offer therapy to children, parents and families aon a low income, and they also run parenting groups.

W: www.wlac.org.uk

A: 15 Gertrude Street, London SW10 0JN

T: 020 7352 1155

E: team@wlac.org.uk

24-Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline

National freephone helpline for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

Gives support and information over the telephone. Staffed 24 hours a day by trained female support workers. Translation facilities for callers whose first language is not English.

T: 0808 2000 247