Forced marriage and school holidays

As the school holidays approach and travel restrictions are lifted, there is a risk of children being taken abroad, and being forced to marry. Forced marriage is illegal.

We need to stay alert to Signs of children and young people being in potential danger of Forced Marriage. It is important to act quickly, without alerting family members or friends who may be part of the plans.

Find out how to get help

Support services for Black, Asian, and Minority, Ethnic groups (BME)

 Support services that specialise in helping those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Group backgrounds (BAME).

Support organisations

Ashiana Network

Specialises in helping Black and Minority Ethnic women, in particular, women from South Asian, Turkish & Iranian communities, aged 16-30 years who are at risk of domestic violence and sexual violence.
They run three refuges; two specifically for women aged 16-35 fleeing forced marriage. They also offer an advice and support service to women and girls who are experiencing domestic violence/sexual violence, enabling them to make informed decisions and exit violent relationships. Additionally, they provide counselling as well as delivering education programmes for young people and a range of awareness raising workshops for professionals and women in the community.

Tel: 020 8539 0427



Chinese Information & Advice Centre

Dedicated to helping Chinese women and families who are struggling or in distress. They provide a free and confidential advisory and support service to Chinese women affected by domestic violence in London.

They provide emotional and practical outreach support, such as advice on issues related to housing, legal protection, benefits and children. They can also accompany women to appointments and help to interpret.

Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm

Tel: 0300 201 1868


Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation (IKWRO)

Provide direct services to Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls who are at risk of ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage, child marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic violence. This includes advocacy, training and counselling and promoting clients’ rights.

They also provide advice and support to professionals from bodies such as the police, social services and schools to help them to understand issues affecting minority ethnic women. 

Tel: 020 7920 6460


Jewish Women’s Aid

Provides confidential, accessible, empowering and culturally sensitive advocacy and support for Jewish women and children affected by domestic violence.

They also deliver education, training and awareness raising, to ensure that all sectors of the Jewish community recognise and speak out against domestic violence.

Domestic Abuse Helpline

Monday to Thursday, 9.30am to 9.30pm

Tel: 0808 801 0500 

The Dina Support Line (sexual violence, aged 16+)

Tel: 0808 801 0656 

Mondays and Tuesdays 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm 

Thursdays 1pm to 3pm

Head Office (for Professionals)

Tel: 020 8445 8060 

Latin American Women’s Rights Services

Offers advice, advocacy and practical support to Latin American women who are experiencing or have experienced Domestic Violence, Harmful practices, or any other form of violence. They provide practical support and advice to keep clients safe and to help them make informed decisions.Internal referrals can be made to the psychotherapy team as well as to welfare benefits, housing, and debt advisor.

They deliver specialist and generic one-to-one support to any woman living and/or working in Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, and Wandsworth. As part of the prevention strand they work with Tender and other partners to raise awareness about healthy and unhealthy relationships in young people and children.

Monday to Friday, 11 AM to 1 PM

Tel: 0808 145 4909




Latin American Women’s Aid

Offers a range of support services, including refuge and outreach for Latin American and Black and minority ethnicity women and children. Women in London and other parts of England can speak to a LAWA support worker about any issue they are facing, including domestic violence, discrimination, personal safety planning, legal remedies, welfare benefits advice, housing and emergency accommodation, child support, skills development and community integration.

9:30am to 5:30pm

Tel: 020 7275 0321

Help during the coronavirus pandemic


London Black Women’s Project (LBWP)

A domestic violence organisation committed to ending all forms of violence against women and girls. LBWP provides women-only outcomes-focused services in safe and confidential space through a number of projects to BMER women and girls aged 12+ across East London and Haringey. They can provide:

One-to-one therapeutic support and/or key working for survivors of all forms of VAWG

Counselling for women and girls of all age groups

Emergency accommodation and housing support services in refuges across Newham and Haringey with 50 bed spaces

A specialist VAWG service aimed at older women at risk or suffering abuse through individual support and support groups

Community based advocacy for women and girls designed to build women and girls’ capacity and resources

Information and advice around domestic and sexual violence, housing/ homelessness, human rights and welfare and immigration.

Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm

Tel: 020 8472 0528


 Muslim Women’s Network

 Operate a national specialist faith and culturally sensitive helpline that is confidential and non-judgmental, which offers information, support, guidance and referrals for those who are suffering from or at risk of abuse or facing problems on a range of issues.

 Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm

Tel: 0800 999 5786

Or 0303 999 5786

Text: 07415 206 936

(we will respond during operating hours)




 Provides Islamic support and advice through Islamic advisors (male and female) who are from a range of different Islamic schools of thought. They also have a dedicated team of professional and legal advisors who are able to offer psychological support and appropriate counselling to victims of domestic violence.

 Nour is also importantly focused on providing much-needed education and awareness of domestic violence and its prevalence in society, but also in the Muslim community, through hosting informative public seminars and lectures.



Provides advice and support to vulnerable migrants and refugees in London. They operate a walk in advice service and they operate projects that seek to address the fundamental human rights of new migrants.


Pott Street, Bethnal Green, E2 0EF

Tel: 020 7749 7608


Refugee Council

Delivers a number of projects to refugees including two with a specific focus around domestic violence and sexual violence in refugee communities.

General help

Tel: 020 7346 6700


Migrant Help

Tel: 0808 8010 503



Asian Women's Resource Centre (AWRC)

The Harmful Practices helpline provides free, confidential, non-judgemental, and tailored guidance to women (16+) experiencing Harmful Practices and to professionals, who require guidance to support women in crisis.

The helpline is run by trained professionals. They provide advice and signposting information on Harmful practices including domestic abuse, sexual abuse, forced marriage, so called 'honour'-based violence, so called 'corrective' rape, female genital mutilation (FGM), caste discrimination, menstrual huts, acid attacks, faith-based abuse as well as other form of Harmful Practice. 

Monday to Friday

10am to 5pm

Harmful Practice Specialist Helpline

Tel: 0808 169 4455 


Maa Shanti

Maa Shanti support single Asian mums towards independence through advocacy, building relationships and social activities.

Their work reduces levels of isolation, builds confidence, and increases networks and support. They work with women affected by honour-based abuse,forced marriage,modern slavery,human trafficking,stalking,financial abuse,coercive control, and other types of abuse linked to violence against women and girls.

They provide information and support on issues including benefits, housing, debt, parenting, education, child maintenance and safety planning.

Monday to Friday

9am to 3pm

For referrals, support, and information


  • 020 7697 4310
  • 07340 990119
  • 07904 034 278



IMECE specialist ‘by and for’ BAMER women’s organisation challenging women’s inequality. They deliver holistic services which support women to assert and enjoy their rights and achieve their aspirations. IMECE work collaboratively with women themselves to design and deliver the services that meet their needs.

Monday to Friday


Closed for lunch between 1pm to 2pm

Tel: 0207 354 1359


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VAWG service directory

You can find lots of other useful services on the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) service directory homepage.