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Violence against women and girls

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Violence towards women and girls

This refers to the range of serious violent crimes which are experienced by women and girls, which include:

  • domestic violence 
  • rape and sexual violence 
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • forced marriage crimes in the name of honour
  • sexual harassment
  • stalking
  • trafficking
  • prostitution/ sexual exploitation

Read our strategy document below.

See our directory of domestic and sexual violence services.

HomeShelter

The HomeShelter scheme helps you live safely in your own home if you have experienced domestic violence. We do this by adding extra security measures to make your home more secure.

We offer an alternative to homelessness. You have a right to live free from fear and violence. 

In an emergency, call the police on 999.

What security measures can you add to my home?

Once accepted a crime prevention officer will visit your home. They will assess the suitable security measures. We can tailor security measures to suit your needs.

Some of the measures we can add to your home include:

  • creating a safe room
  • fitting solid-core doors to the home shelter room and main doors to the property
  • adding stronger door and window locks and stronger hinge
  • fitting a 180-degree door viewer to your front door
  • fitting smoke detectors and fire-proof letter boxes

How to apply

If you are already receiving help from an advocate, e.g. a family support worker, Solace support worker, social worker or housing officer, they can help you to apply.

You can also contact the Housing Aid Team:

  • Telephone 020 7527 6371 
  • Email homeshelterscheme@islington.gov.uk
  • In person at Islington Customer Centre, 222 Upper Street, N1 1XR, where you or your advocate will receive free confidential advice on the housing options open to you

Useful contacts

Solace Women’s Aid

Solace WA offer a variety of services including: Advice and Advocacy, Counselling, Children, young people and family services, Refuges, Sexual Violence Services (North London Rape Crisis) and support for women aged over 55.

Latin American Women’s Aid (LAWA)

A dedicated free support service and the only refuge provider in the UK and Europe for Latin American, Black and minority ethnic women and children experiencing, or recovering from, domestic violence. 

Families First this service is designed to provide locally-based advice, information and help to the families who need it most by tackling difficulties early and stopping them from escalating.

Translated leaflet

The Home Office worked in partnership with Southall Black Sisters to develop a leaflet aimed specifically at women in black and minority ethnic communities. It covers advice on the three steps to escaping violence and abuse:

  • report the abuse
  • how to take actions
  • how to keep safe from abuse

This leaflet is available in English and 12 additional languages. You can download it directly from the Home Office.

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