Ending harmful practices

This unique project is delivered by a partnership of 8 specialist organisations working across different BMER communities in London with women experiencing female genital mutilation, honour based violence, forced marriage and other harmful practises.

Support includes one to one advice and information on rights, entitlements, intensive casework and advocacy support, therapeutic support groups and counselling.

The project also works to raise awareness amongst voluntary and statutory agencies and runs workshops and peer mentoring support for young women.

Aims of the project

The aim of the pan-London scope of Women Against Harmful Practices (WAHP) is to address an identified gap in the provision of a co-ordinated, specialist service.  In our model we have developed a two-pronged response to harmful practices which includes the provision of support to survivors; raising awareness to increase early identification of those at risk and improve institutional responses.

We will address these needs through the provision of:

  • Services in a range of languages, including Farsi, Somali, Arabic, English, Pashtu, Turkish, Kurdish, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati, Portuguese, French and Swahili
  • Provide high quality, effective advice and advocacy support
  • Individual counselling and therapeutic group work
  • Awareness raising and early intervention work with young people and wider communities
  • Training and consultation to partners and other agencies involved in supporting survivors of Harmful Practices
  • Create of referral pathways to refuge provision and FGM clinics, as part of casework

Supporting women through advice, advocacy, counselling and awareness raising on honour based violence, forced marriage, FGM and other harmful practices (intense casework)

Services will include:

  •  1:1 emotional support
  • 1:1 advice and information on rights, entitlements and options
  • casework and advocacy support which will include accompanying women to report crimes of violence to the police and housing departments, as well as accompanying women to court and advocating their needs to social services
  • therapeutic support groups and a counselling provision to  women
  • raising awareness of the impact of HBV, FM and FGM within communities and other voluntary and statutory agencies (not only BMER communities) through delivering workshops, training and presentations and undertaking specific work with young women through the delivery of workshops to support peer mentoring and youth advocacy

Partners

Asian Women’s Resource Centre

IMECE  Women’s Centre

Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights (IKWRO)

Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS)

Women & Girls Network (WGN)

Southall Black Sisters Trust

FORWARD

Ashiana Network

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