Ashiana started operating in 1989 and 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.
Ashiana runs three refuges with a total of 20 bed-spaces; two specifically for women aged 16-35 fleeing forced marriage. This multi award winning project is a unique and innovative service, offering specialist support to women and girls affected by forced marriage. They also designate a number of bed-spaces for women with no recourse to public funds.
They 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.
They provide counselling for women and girls affected by domestic violence and sexual violence.
They deliver an education programme for young people in schools across East London aimed at preventing domestic violence and enabling young people experiencing domestic violence to access appropriate services.
They deliver a range of awareness raising workshops for women in the community and training on domestic violence, sexual violence and harmful practices for professionals in the voluntary and statutory sector.See more