Solace Women’s Aid
Solace Women’s Aid is an innovative, grass-roots charity providing practical and emotional support to over 5,000 survivors of violence in London each year.
Solace manages refuges across London, providing safe accommodation for women and children. Their refuges include the only specialist Irish Traveller refuge in the UK and one for women with complex needs.
Solace provides a range of services, including, advice and advocacy; counselling; Irish Traveller outreach; family and children’s services and North London Rape Crisis. They also provide a legal service, and undertake research and policy work. They focus on supporting women and children but incorporate smaller capacity services for male survivors in several London boroughs. They also work in partnership with specialist providers to address perpetrator behaviour.
Solace’s services are a life-line and a catalyst for positive change, empowering women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence to stay safe, rebuild relationships and live fulfilled and independent lives.
Solace is proud to be an integral part of the co-coordinated, multi-agency response to domestic and sexual violence in London. Since the 1970’s our services have helped thousands of women, men and children to be safe and we continue to dedicate ourselves to supporting them now and in the future.
Solace’s role within the consortium
Solace Women’s Aid is the lead partner for the project: Sexual and Domestic Violence, advice, outreach, drop-in and support for access to service. The Ascent-Advice and Counselling (A&C) partnership is comprised of 14 organisations. All partners have a wealth of experience of working with women and girls affected by Sexual Violence or Domestic Violence. The pan-London service provides counselling and advice services to women and girls affected by gender-based violence and operate via 2 London Hubs; 1 in Ealing operated by WGN and 1 in Islington operated by Solace. The hubs provide a first point of phone contact but women and girls can access services via the hubs and/or the spokes. The Hub and Spoke model increases accessibility for service users while mitigating the risk associated with women’s reduced access to service when they cross borough boundaries. Spokes have dedicated advice and counselling services in community languages within target boroughs and across London. Specialist legal support is provided by Rights of Women via a dedicated London advice line, a website and via training and legal handbooks. Users who have no recourse to public funds have access to limited assistance via emergency funds administered by Southall Black Sisters.