Founded in 2016, OYA is a membership consortium of by and for Black and minoritised ending VAWG organisations delivering frontline, capacity building and sustainability support services across London. OYA comes together in solidarity to address the structural and institutional nature of inequality, disadvantage and under-representation by addressing critical needs of Black and minoritised women, their children and young women and girls, which are systematically neglected by the state. OYA is also aware that ‘competition from within’, encouraged through tendering processes have favoured generic women’s organisations. OYA commits to a non- competition framework and promotes collaboration in terms that are fair and equal, open and transparent, participatory and inclusive.
Our goal is that led by and for black and minoritised VAWG ending organisations achieve self-determination through strategic initiatives supporting housing options for women survivors of VAWG in the UK.
is a specialist led by and for BME women’s organisation, primarily for South Asian, Turkish & Middle Eastern women with over 30 years’ experience of delivering a holistic range of services. Ashiana is an organisation working within feminist principles. We acknowledge that many women at risk of VAWG will want to seek support from ‘women’ only services where they will also have access to ‘women’ only space. We deliver specialist refuge, advice and counselling services for BME women and girls who have experienced or are at risk of VAWG, including harmful practices. We deliver a specialist legal service for women with insecure immigration status. We are based in Waltham Forest operating refuges with a total of 21 bedspaces. 2 refuges are specifically for women affected by harmful practices.
is a dedicated specialist Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women’s organisation run for and managed by local South Asian women. We play a crucial role and provide much needed support based on an understanding of sociocultural norms, values and issues relating to forms of violence against women and girls that are specific to South Asian communities. Asha operates from four sites – a resource centre and three refuges (safe accommodation) consisting of 19 bed spaces. We are based in the London Borough of Lambeth and predominantly receive referrals for the refuge from London. Last year we supported 412 women of which 50 stayed at our refuges.
LAWA has been providing the only refuges for Latin American women surviving domestic violence and other forms of VAWG in London over the past 34 years. LAWA provides services pan-London with special focus on Hackney, Islington and Barnet, and women from all across London can access our services. We also offer holistic and intersectional services, providing everything a BME woman and their children need to recover from abuse and live empowered lives. We currently operate 3 refuges with 32 bed spaces.
Provides specialist refuge accommodation for BME women from across London; our refuges are located in Newham and Haringey and we now have the opportunity to open new emergency refuge spaces. We currently operate 4 refuges, with 29 bed spaces, in Newham. MHCLG’s emergency funding has enabled us to open 16 new spaces in Newham and one refuge in Haringey, which has 4 spaces. LBWP also provides counselling for adult and young women, a free legal service, including support for migrant women and advocacy & advice