Ending Harmful Practices

The Ending Harmful Practices project has been funded by London Councils to improve service provision for those affected by sexual and domestic violence, specifically, female genital mutilation (FGM), honour based violence (HBV), forced marriage (FM) and other harmful practices in London through the provision of high quality front-line services as well as support services to voluntary and statutory organizations.

The pan-London scope of Ending Harmful Practices addresses an identified gap in the provision of a coordinated, specialist service and has developed a two-pronged response to harmful practices through the provision of support to survivors, as well as awareness raising to increase early identification of those at risk and improve institutional responses.

Services include:

  • One to one advice and information on rights and entitlements.
  • Intensive casework and advocacy support which will include accompanying women to report crimes of violence to the police and housing departments, as well as accompanying women to court and advocating their needs to social services.
  • Therapeutic counselling provision to women.
  • Support groups for women
  • Raising awareness of the impact of HBV, FM and FGM within communities and other voluntary and statutory agencies (not only BME communities) through delivering workshops, training, and presentations.
  • Specific work with young women through the delivery of workshops to support peer mentoring and youth advocacy.
  • Creating referral pathways to refuge provision and FGM clinics, as part of casework
  • Services in a range of languages, including Farsi, Somali, Arabic, English, Pashtu, Turkish, Kurdish, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati, Portuguese, French and Swahili

Partners

Asian Women’s Resource Centre (lead partner)

IMECE Women’s Centre

IKWRO Women’s Centre

Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS)

Women & Girls Network (WGN)

Southall Black Sisters Trust

Foundation for Women’s Health, Research and development (FORWARD)

Ashiana Network

Al-Aman Project – DVIP

 

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