Women and Girls Network
Women and Girls Network (WGN) was established in 1987 to support women and girls affected by all forms of gendered violence including childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, prostitution (including trafficking and sexual exploitation), rape/gang rape, honour based violence and war crimes. WGN became a free, comprehensive integrated service providing a holistic response to women who had experienced any form of gendered violence.
For 25 years, Women and Girls Network (WGN). has provided an integrated therapeutic service for women and girls surviving the continuum of VAWG. WGN’s service delivery has evolved from listening and responding to women using the service, internal debate and external clinical developments. It has taken decades to develop into the holistic integrated provision that we have today. Therapeutic provision is delivered through a wraparound comprehensive range of services, to support and facilitate total and sustainable recovery for women and girls surviving violence.
Their services include:
- One to One Counselling
- Therapeutic Group Work
- A range of Body Therapies
- Rape Crisis Centre (for the West London quadrant)
- A Dedicated Sexual Violence Helpline (London)
- Advocacy Support Service for Young Women
- Prevention and Early Intervention Programmes for Young Women
- Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy Service
- A range of Accredited Training Programmes for Frontline Practitioners Working with Women and Girl Survivors of Violence and Bespoke Programmes
- Outreach Work to Support Women to Exit Prostitution
- An Accredited Counselling Training Programme for Refugee Women
- External Clinical Supervision and Consultancy
WGN’s role within the consortium
WGN has an integral role within the consortium, delivering under 5 different service strands:
Advice and Counselling – WGN is one of the leading counselling providers delivering counselling, group work and workshop programmes across satellites in more than 10 London boroughs. They are also delivering a specialist counselling service and group work under the Harmful Practices strand.
Alongside Solace Women’s Aid, WGN is operating one of the two Central Advice Hubs offering women and girls living with domestic and/or sexual violence or those supporting them with access to advice and casework support. The Advice Line (Freephone) is available on 0808 801 0660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (Monday-Friday 10am – 4pm and on Wednesday evenings between 6pm-8pm).
WGN is running a Dedicated Sexual Violence Helpline (London) on (Freephone) 0808 801 0770. Opening Times: Monday and Friday 10am – 12pm, 2.30pm – 4.30pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am – 12pm and 6.30pm – 9pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm
Prevention Work – They are facilitating a series of workshop programmes with young women in schools and youth settings with a specialism on issues such as gangs, trafficking and sexual exploitation. Training is also provided to school staff through inset and training and development days.
Support services to organisations – WGN is also delivering a range of accredited training programmes and expert led seminars under the Support services to organisations project including Working with Sexual, Domestic and Gang Related Violence Training (5 day accredited programme) and Working with Complex Needs (2 days).