Asian Women’s Resource Centre
The AWRC is a specialist women’s organisation providing quality assured support services to Black, Minority Ethnic (BME) women and children who have experienced or are at risk of domestic abuse across London. Established in 1980 the Centre provides free advice & information, advocacy, outreach, support groups and training/workshops for women and training to frontline practitioners on VAWG.
The AWRC’s work with thousands of women and girls, addressing a wide range of forms of Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG) and complex needs over the three decades has resulted in our developing extensive expertise, which feeds into our concurrent work in training, advising, influencing, developing policy and procedures with government, public bodies and professionals to ensure safety of women and girls. All AWRC services have been tailor made to address the needs of BME women experiencing violence. Services have been designed in consultation with service users past and present.
To lead in the provision of support services for BME women and their children by working in partnership with funding providers, the public and private sectors and the community.
Work towards Ending Violence Against Women and Girls
- Address Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG) including domestic & sexual violence, forced marriages, honour based violence and faith based abuse). The Centre also supports women with no recourse to public funds, through ensuring safety, security and dignity and by offering prompt targeted responses and reducing risks.
- Tackles the many challenges associated with VAWG such as homelessness, welfare benefits, debt, substance misuse, mental health, parental conflicts, employment and cultural and religious pressures such as “sharam”(shame) and “izzat” (honour) which hold women in abusive relationships
- Ensures that the needs of BME women are addressed in line with the ethos of “led by and for”
- Responds specifically to the needs of BME women who have experienced abuse and reaches out to communities and individuals who face multiple barriers to accessing statutory and other voluntary services and promote social and community cohesion.
The AWRC provides a range of services that includes:
- Domestic violence advocacy support services – Through one to one casework support, undertaking risk assessments, safety planning, MARAC referrals and referrals to hostels and refuges.
- Supporting women who have no recourse to public funds by offering advocacy support letters and signposting and referrals to specialist immigration lawyers.
- Advice and information services: Areas of law covered: welfare benefits, homelessness, employment, debt and Immigration. Via appointment, on the spot appointments and the Multi lingual advice line.-
- We offer a range of classes and workshops, which includes: ESOL, computer, healthy eating, sewing & embroidery and yoga classes.
- Training to frontline practitioners from both the voluntary and statutory sectors on specialist issues which affect BME women, such as self-harm and suicide, forced marriages, honour related violence, faith based abuse, trafficking, caste and dowry. The training aims to make practitioners more responsive to the needs of BME women and girls.
- Volunteering opportunities for women to support AWRC projects and offers student placements.
- Domestic violence support groups
AWRC’s role within the consortium
- Asian Women’s Resource Centre is a leading agency in the project called “Ending Harmful Practices” funded through London Councils strand 2.6: Specifically targeted services FGM, Honour based violence (HBV), forced marriage and other forms of harmful practices.