Support to women experiencing domestic abuse:
Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVA), who provide
- Practical and Emotional Support,
- Criminal Court Attendance,
- Civil Protection Orders,
- Help moving into a Refuge,
- Referrals to Counselling, Debt, Benefits and Housing Advice.
Our IDVAs can also visit community groups or team meetings to provide more information about our services.
New Leaf Young person’s service, (Flyer)
Our young persons service includes a Young IDVA, who provides
- One to one sessions for 13 to 19 year old girls on understanding domestic abuse and
- Give them tools to recognise and avoid abusive relationships in future.
- Practical advice on all areas of legal actions and refuge access.
We have a young IDVA, covering Greenwich Borough who can speak to young people on healthy relationships. This service is run in partnership with Little Fish Theatre, who provide theatre workshops and follow up group work in schools.
Based in Greenwich council housing, the Housing IDVA provides,
- Access to refuge spaces or temporary housing
- Advice and support on civil protection orders
- Referrals to sanctuary scheme to make home safe
- Referrals to ongoing support
This post works with referrals from Children’s Social Services to ensure that children stay safe and have their voice heard.
One stop shop
Providing drop in advice on domestic abuse and family law, open every Friday 10 – 12 at YMCA Thames Gateway, Antelope Road, SE18 5QG, with a solicitor and IDVA giving advice. Immigration Advice and housing & benefits advice are also available by appointment.
Please Note: One Stop Shop will be closed on 27th December 2019 & 3rd January 2020.
(The OSS will be closed on over the Christmas. The last day will be 20th December 2019 and will re-open on 10th January 2020)
Support to women experiencing sexual abuse:
Independent Sexual Advice Advocate (IDSVA), who can
- Provide support and practical help with police and court as needed.
- Address home safety and safer housing as well as other practical issues.
- Provide a motivational support group for women particularly when waiting for court dates
- Refer to counselling, for one to one therapy.
- Refer to our Young IDVAs who also addresses issues of sexting and the unhealthy sexual expectations that many young women face from boys in their schools.
Outreach and Development Support
Outreach and Development Coordinator
Providing women’s social group, training courses including basic English and IT, and back to work support and access to paid work placements for 6 months.
Engagement events and classes: (See Training)
Her Centre also runs Basic English classes for women only, good for women with little or no English, a good preparation for more formal English classes and an effective way to meet women and learn about local services for women. See our News and Events page for next classes.
Regular open forums on issues that impact on women, open to the public, with speakers, workshops and food. See our News and Events page for next forum.
Her Centre is a small local women’s charity based in Greenwich, providing services to women and girls in Greenwich and Lewisham.
Our vision is to eradicate violence against women and girls.
Our mission statement is to engage, enable and empower women to move away from abuse, and to move forward with their lives.
Her centre is a women-focused, woman led organisation. We believe that domestic and sexual abuse must be tackled both by empowering women and acknowledging the societal inequality that perpetuates and legitimises violence. We are resilient and inspire resilience in the women we support. Her Centre is a safe place where women can be listened to and believed in an environment of trust and respect.
Her Centre works with over 1000 women a year.
In the last year ending in March 2018, we engaged 533 women who experienced domestic or sexual abuse, providing safety planning, legal support and help with accessing emergency housing and with practical issues such as money and immigration.
132 took up our counselling service to address the trauma of abuse.
56 attended our basic English classes that are free, and for women only, so feel safe.
154 women and men attended our 3 annual open forums, themed on;
- Women using their vote
- Young women achieving their best
- The impact of benefit changes on women
We held three training and information days to link women into courses with 97 attending.
We also held a holiday celebration in December for 45 women and 70 children.
From our exit surveys of women who have experienced abuse based on those from April to September 2018;
- 100 said their risk had reduced
- 97% felt safer
- 99% know their rights, and where to get help again if they need it.
Her Centre has received SAFE LIVES (formerly CAADA) accreditation as a quality IDVA service, and is committed to training all our IDVA staff in a formal IDVA/ISVA qualification. In 2016 we renewed our PQASSO accreditation, which is awarded by the NCVO, and covers all aspects of our service, management, governance and user accountability.
We work enthusiastically in partnership with a large number of Greenwich-based agencies to ensure women receive the most appropriate local support they require.
One Stop Shop:
New Leaf Young People’s Project:
We lead the New Leaf young people’s project targeting relationship abuse in collaboration with Little Fish Theatre. For more information about the project, please see our New Leaf flyer and to keep in touch with the project, please find us on Facebook and Twitter.
A short video on New Leaf Project which supports young people in healthy relationships.
Her Centre, and Little Fish Theatre are the Greenwich and Bexley project partners working together to work with vulnerable young men and women at risk of domestic violence & abuse.
Women into work partnership with Greenwich Local Labour and Business, providing 12 women a year with 6 months paid work placements leading to long term employment.
See our flyers on training and information days.
We work in partnership with welcare, working with families & children.
Our training is supported by Greenwich Local Labour and Business, MOSA, City Lit and Social Action for Health.
Our weekly drop-in and advice services are hosted by YMCA, Woolwich.
Greenwich Equalities Forum:
We are part of the Greenwich Equalities Forum with Metro Centre (for the LGBT community), MARAC & Steering Group, Greenwich Association of the Disabled, AgeUK Bromley and Greenwich, and Greenwich Inclusion Project (GRIP).
We are members of the Multi Agency Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Forum, VAWG Strategic Board, Greenwich Community Advice Network, Child Safeguarding Prevention Group, the Greenwich Homelessness Forum and Greenwich Action for Voluntary Service (GAVS) forums.
Met Police Community Safety Unit:
Additionally, we work closely with the Met Police Community Safety Unit, the SCD2 Unit, The Point, Best Beginnings, Stephen Lawrence Centre, Volunteer Centre Greenwich, Greenwich Housing Rights, Family Information Service, Meridian Money Advice, Greenwich Credit Union, Woolwich CAB, Plumstead Law Centre, Greenwich Health Visitors, Mind in Greenwich, Greenwich PCT, Advocacy in Greenwich, CAMHS, Oxleas, and Rt. Hon. Matthew Pennycook MP and Rt. Hon. Teresa Pearce MP.