Ashiana provides housing and support to BMER women and girls experiencing domestic violence and sexual violence presenting with a multiplicity of problems and complex needs. Ashiana runs three refuges with a total of 20 bed-spaces; two specifically for women aged 16-25 fleeing forced marriage. This multi award winning project is the only service of its kind in the UK and is highly innovative in terms of addressing an area of significant need not met in other refuge provision. Within these refuges we designate a number of bedspaces for women with no recourse to public funds. We offer an advice and support service to women and girls who are experiencing domestic violence/sexual violence, enabling them to make informed decisions and exit violent relationships. We provide counselling for women and girls affected by domestic violence and sexual violence. We also deliver an education programme for young people in secondary schools in East London aimed at preventing domestic violence and enabling young people experiencing domestic violence to access appropriate services. We deliver a range of awareness raising workshops for young people in the community and training on domestic violence for professionals in the voluntary and statutory sector.
Ashiana’s role within the consortium
1) Emergency Refuge Accommodation – Lead Partner
Ashiana is the Lead Partner in this consortium and is responsible for ensuring the delivery of the project against targets and milestones; quality and financial management and reporting to London Councils as part of the monitoring process. Ashiana is responsible for delivering refuge services specifically for women with no recourse to public funds. Ashiana will also deliver presentations and awareness raising workshops focused on these specialisms with professionals across London.
2) Advice & Counselling – Delivery Partner
Ashiana will provide support to women, in particular, BMER women who have experienced sexual and domestic violence. This will be delivered through a number of methods, such as access to accredited counselling, support, group work, advice, outreach, drop-in services, referral and access to services. We will also work with service providers to increase their knowledge of this area.
3) Harmful Practices – Delivery Partner
Ashiana will provide specialist support to BMER women who have experienced harmful practices such as forced marriage, honour based violence, FGM. This will be delivered through a number of methods, such as access to accredited counselling, support, group work, advice, outreach, drop-in services, referral and access to services. We will also work with service providers to increase their knowledge of this area.
4) Prevention – Delivery Partner
Ashiana will deliver workshops for young people, primarily in schools, on gender-based violence and more specifically on harmful practices such as forced marriage, honour based violence and FGM.