Support and Advocacy for women survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV)
Our Women Together project aims to improve the health and well-being of migrant, refugee and asylum seeking women (MRASW) who have experienced trauma due gender-based violence (GBV) including domestic violence (DV), forced marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM), rape, and sexual exploitation due to trafficking. In helping women to recover from violence and trauma, the Women Together Project runs four different but complementary services that are free, confidential and designed to fit together by creating a safe space for 'wrap-around' support for vulnerable women. Some of our aims are to:
- Improve the quality of life for MRASW affected by GBV - through secured visa status, access to education/training and economic empowerment
- Increase independence – women will be strong enough to leave abusive relationship, face new challenges in the UK, self-advocate or access services
- Support women to achieve better mental and physical health
- Improve their family life by improving parenting skills
The Project has recently expanded and currently offers a full holistic service to cater for MRASW's emotional and practical needs. Our support is free, confidential and cultural sensitive. We provide:
- One-to-one counselling delivered by female counsellors, with use of interpreters if needed
- Weekly nurturing sessions with provision of childcare
- Practical advocacy, including immigration and welfare and benefits advice
- Skills training including volunteering, training and employment support
- Summer activities for mothers and their children
This Project is funded by Big Lottery and Henry Smith.
For further detail how to join these activities or refer MRASW who can benefit from Women Together services, please contact the Project Manager Cristina Zorat at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Engagement Officer Elizabeth Gezahegn King at email@example.com. You can also call the main LRMN switchboard on 020 8694 0323.