ASHIANA COUNSELLING

Counselling

We provide confidential one-to-one counselling services for women and girls who are impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence, childhood sexual abuse, as well as women and girls who have experienced any form of Harmful Practice including forced marriage, honour based violence and female genital mutilation.

Counselling offered is short term (6-15 Sessions) and provided by accredited qualified counsellors and experienced volunteer counsellor/placements.

Ashiana Network is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Our Approach

We work on a trauma based model of intervention.
The service works towards the empowerment of women and girls.
The service operates using an Intercultural model of counselling, where cultural and religious norms are recognised, respected and responded to.
Counselling is offered in the preferred language of the client, where possible.

Our counselling service provides therapeutic interventions that increase confidence and self-esteem of women and girls accessing counselling and thereby empowering them to make positive life choices such as exiting violent relationships. We aim to reduce the impact of domestic violence in their lives. We provide a safe and supportive environment where our clients can discuss their experiences and feelings on a 1 to1 basis with qualified, specialist therapists. Our ultimate aim is to improve the lives of vulnerable women and girls in some of London’s most deprived boroughs.

This project has three key outcomes:

Increased confidence/self esteem of women and girls affected by harmful practices, domestic violence, sexual violence, childhood sexual abuse
Increased understanding of violence against women and girls
Increased ability to make informed choices

ASHIANA ADVICE

Advice and Support

The aim of this service is to advise and support women and girls who are experiencing domestic violence and sexual violence enabling them to make informed choices and exit violent relationships including, reporting to police, pursuing civil/criminal legal cases, taking out injunctions, access to refuges, welfare benefits, health and housing. In such cases, the Advice & Support Worker will arrange individual sessions to assess short and long-term needs and offer confidential advice, support and advocacy.

Specialist Advice and Support

This service offers support to women and girls affected by harmful practices such as forced marriage, honour based violence and female genital mutilation. The Advice & Support Worker offers one to one advice and information on rights, entitlements, intensive casework and advocacy.

ASHIANA REFUGE

Ashiana has over 20 years’ experience of providing refuge services for South Asian, Turkish and Iranian women. All the women we house have experienced domestic violence, sexual violence, forced marriage, honour based violence or other forms of violence. They often present with complex and multiple needs.

We provide temporary safe housing across three schemes and work intensively with women to improve safety and enable them to exit violent and abusive relationships or situations. During their stay at Ashiana, clients are offered culturally specific support, confidential advice and advocacy regarding their legal, financial, housing and personal situation.

We designate 4 bed-spaces for women with no recourse to public funds. Some of the more destitute and vulnerable women are those that have no recourse to public funds and our aim is to support them with their housing, welfare and resolving their immigration status.

Clients can stay at Ashiana for up to a maximum of two years and are supported in seeking alternative accommodation such as shared housing, private rented accommodation and social housing. Ashiana cannot guarantee access to move-on accommodation.