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Violence Against Women and Girls

This term defines the range of serious violent crime types which are predominantly, but not exclusively, experienced by women and girls which include:

  • domestic violence

  • rape and sexual violence

  • Female Genital Mutilation

  • forced marriage

  • crimes in the name of “honour”

  • sexual harassment

  • stalking

  • trafficking

  • prostitution/ sexual exploitation

These pages include information for Violence Against Women and Girls workers in Islington, as well as for victims and residents who may have concerns about any of these crimes in the 'Are You Affected?' section.

You can read our strategy document below.


The HomeShelter scheme can help you to keep living safely in your own home if you have experienced domestic violence. We offer an alternative when there appears to be little choice but to leave your home, by adding extra security measures to make it more secure.

  • Escaping an abusive partner, ex-partner or family member often leaves individuals and their families homeless.
  • A successful homeless application to the council often leads to long stays in temporary accommodation.
  • Moving to a new area, arranging new school and nursery places for children, making new work arrangements and being further away from supportive family and friends can add to the stress already caused by domestic violence. 

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.

Read our information leaflet on the Home shelter scheme.

What security measures can you add to my home?

Once we have accepted your application, a crime prevention officer will visit your home. They will assess the type of security measures that are appropriate. 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 - Islington Customer Centre, 222 Upper Street, N1 1XR. Here you or your advocate will receive free confidential advice on the housing options open to you.

Useful contacts

Solace Women’s Aid - solacewomensaid.org
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) - lawadv.org.uk
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 - familiesfirst@islington.gov.uk
The 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.

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