Rights of Women
About Rights of Women
Established in 1975, Rights of Women works to achieve justice, equality and respect for all women. We specialise in providing legal advice and support for women who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing, gender-based violence, including domestic and sexual violence. We support disadvantaged and vulnerable women including Black, Minority Ethnic, Refugee and asylum-seeking women (BMER women), women involved in the criminal justice system (as victims and/or offenders) and socially excluded women. By offering a range of services, including telephone helplines, legal publications and training courses and events, and by engaging in policy, research and campaigning we aim to increase women’s understanding of their legal rights and improve their access to justice enabling them to live free from violence and make informed, safe, choices about their own and their families’ lives. We have received the Mayor of London’s Award for Distinction for our outstanding and innovative work in relation to domestic violence (November 2007) and the Lilith Project’s Best Voluntary Sector Violence against Women Campaign for our sexual violence work (November 2005).
Rights of Women’s role in the consortium
As part of Ascent, Rights of Women deliver direct services for women affected by violence in London as well as support services for the organisations who support them.
Advice and Counselling
In this project, we provide free and confidential advice to women in London and their advisers on family and criminal law issues.
For advice on family law issues including:
- domestic violence and abuse
- divorce and civil partnership dissolution
- relationship breakdown
- issues relating to children, including parental responsibility, child contact and residence
Call 020 7608 1137 (telephone) or 020 7490 2562 (textphone) on Mondays 11am-1pm, Tuesdays 2-4pm and Wednesdays 2pm-4pm.
For advice on criminal law issues including:
- sexual offences, including rape and sexual assault
- domestic violence and harassment
- reporting offences to the police and the criminal justice system
- the rights of victims, witnesses and defendants
- criminal injuries compensation
Call 02076081137 (telephone) or 020 7490 2562 (textphone) on Thursdays 2-4pm
To download a poster for the advice line click here.
We also provide free legal guides and provide training to professionals on a range of legal remedies available to women affected by violence.
Support services to organisations
In this project we deliver a range of activities to raise awareness and understanding of law and policy issues regarding violence against women and girls. We offer expert led training and accredited training on a variety of topics, such as Coercive Control: law and development. We also contribute to the Ascent newsletter, Special Events and Best Practice Briefings as well as Sector Conversations. For more information about our training and events click here.