Domestic Violence Project
(RBKC, Westminster & Hammersmith and Fulham)

Funder:

Partnerships:

Services include:

One-to-one advocacy
Accomodation
Honorary legal advice
DDV concession applications

Al Hasaniya Moroccan Women’s Centre has been part of the Tri Borough Angelou Partnership since its establishment in 2015. The partnership consists of nine other specialist organisations that have come together to support women and girls experiencing domestic or sexual violence and harmful practices across Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea.

The Angelou Partnership consists of:

 

  • Advance 

  • Al-Hasaniya Moroccan Women’s Centre

  • Standing Together Against Domestic Violence

  • Galop

  • Woman’s Trust

  • IKWRO

  • Richmond Fellowship

  • Solace  

  • Hestia

  • Women and Girls Network

Al Hasaniya is a free and confidential service for Moroccan and Arabic speaking women and girls experiencing all forms of domestic abuse. This project is a true life line for those who suffer extreme domestic abuse of all sorts. We offer a culturally sensitive service and work towards supporting you in a respectful manner, in your language and understanding your culture.

 

Our work is tailor made based on your needs. It can range from advice to support leaving an abusive relationship or support after you have left an abusive relationship.

Our Arabic Speaking Independent Domestic Violence Advocate will support you to explore your options, increase your safety and understanding of the criminal justice system, social services and other agencies as well as enhancing your emotional well-being.

Support can be offered via telephone or face to face- depending on your needs and wishes.

These are the issues we can help with:

  • Domestic abuse, this includes familial as well as partner relations

  • Harmful practices, such as FGM and honour-based violence

  • Sexual violence or abuse, including rape and child sexual exploitation

  • Faith-based violence

  • Stalking and harassment

  • Immigration, including no recourse to public funds

  • Supporting you to communicate with other agencies e.g solicitors, police, courts, housing

  • Emotional well-being, problem solving and positive activities

  • Practical issues around housing, finance and contact with social services

  • Support tailored to specific backgrounds and needs, such as ethnicity and sexual orientation

 

Our IDVA will work with you in completing a Risk Assessment to measure the level of risk you are in, followed by a Safety and Needs Plan to explore managing the risks and exploring the areas you need support in. Support will be offered to access the areas of need such as legal, immigration, housing or welfare.  

For more information or to make a referral, please email zainab@al-hasaniya.org.uk or call 0203 048 44 88

Read more about what Al-Hasaniya is doing to help promote well-being for all women and eliminate domestic abuse against women and girls. 

Non Tri Borough Domestic Abuse Project

Funder:

Partnerships:

Services include:

One-to-one advocacy
Accomodation
Honorary legal advice
DDV concession applications

Recognising the fact that our challenge is to avoid post code lottery, we have secured funding to support those who suffer from Domestic violence & abuse, but are not necessarily within the confines of the Triborough restrictions.

Every victim of violence and abuse should be entitled to get the right support that is culturally and sensitively tailored around his/her needs. We do just that. If the victim is not directly supported by our caseworker, we ensure they are sign posted and for help, support and connected with a local specialist service to ensure their safety is a priority.

Campaigning:

As well as providing one to one support for victims/survivors of abuse, we also work tirelessly to advocate for our clients and demand changes are made at a policy level so they can obtain the rights they deserve. We also regularly participate in surveys and interviews to explore changes in the field that can support our clients who are marginalised and minoritised.

 

Campaigns we have participated in include:

  • We signed a joint Letter with Women’s Aid and other leading domestic abuse services in the UK to the Health Secretary (2021). The letter asks for the government to ensure that victim and survivor’s varying health needs are met within the upcoming health reforms, including the women’s health strategy and the Health and Care Bill. (final version not yet sent to us)

 

  • We also signed a letter with Women’s Aid and other DV services in the UK to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson following the murder of Sarah Everard and our concerns around safety for women in general and particularly BME women (see attached)

  • We also sent a letter to our local MP Felicity Buchan expressing our concerns around the Government’s Violence Against Women and Girls’ (VAWG) Strategy (see attached)


 

  • We also signed a letter by SafeLives and other domestic abuse services across the UK to the government stressing the need for the government to ringfence money for community services that provide support to victims and survivors of abuse

  • We’ve also taken part in various consultations about the recent VAWG Strategies and the impact this will have on our work and also our client group. This has seen our IDVA sharing the platform with panellists including Jess Philips- MP, Suzanne Jacob SafeLives Chief Executive, and Nicole Jacobs, Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales

 

  • We also participated in the United Nations, ‘Shelter Provision: Best Practices Globally and in the Arab Region during COVID-19” to be presented to service providers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in coordination with the National Family Safety Programme (NFSP) Webinar. We were honoured to be the only UK Charity to discuss good practice and share this with over 700 participants – add certificate

  • We have also been vocal on social media and other meetings about the need for the Domestic Abuse Bill that was recently passed to support Migrant Women and ensure that their immigration status does not penalise them nor results in them remaining in abusive relationship


 

Surveys:

SafeLives Survey in August 2021 on the CAADA DASH Risk Assessment which is used by professionals across the UK to measure the level of abuse. We offered our feedback about the strengths and weaknesses of the tool and changes that need to be done to make it more effective

Media:

Breaking the Violent Silence
 

Domestic violence cases double at Moroccan community centre in London during pandemic

https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/europe/domestic-violence-cases-double-at-moroccan-community-centre-in-london-during-pandemic-1.1180114
 

SafeLives – Star of the Month

https://safelives.org.uk/news-views/star-month/2020/july