Redbridge VAWG Service

The Redbridge Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) service supports clients experiencing all forms of abuse including domestic violence, sexual violence and sexual exploitation including human trafficking and modern slavery, stalking and harassment, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and so-called ‘honour’-based violence. It provides confidential, non-judgmental, independent support on a one-to-one or group basis. Staff work with clients to create a tailor-made safety and support plan, which might include goals around personal safety, safe housing options or contacting the police. The service also runs group sessions and a peer support scheme to help reduce isolation, build social networks and support clients to regain control of their lives.

It provides the following services, all under one roof:

  • One-to-one confidential, non-judgmental, independent supportA specialist independent gender-based violence advocacy (IGVA) team to support clients at risk of serious harm
  • A specialist service for 14-17 year-old girls
  • Group support
  • A peer support scheme to help break isolation; build social networks and provide support clients regain control of their lives
  • Volunteering opportunities

  • Anyone living in Redbridge
  • Women and girls aged over 14
  • Men ages 16 or older
  • Transgender and identifies as male, female, as another gender, or is questioning their gender identity

Our services are available to the above clients and their children. We will provide support that suits everyone’s individual needs.

Everyone’s needs are unique and we will work with you to create a support plan that helps keep you and your children safe. For example you may need to:

  • Talk to someone who understands what you are going through
  • Receive support with contacting the police
  • Move away from the area
  • Access a refuge
  • Stay at home, but want to find out how you can keep safe
  • Receive support if you are considering going to court
  • Access legal advice
  • Manage your financial situation
  • Find out about support networks in your community
  • Get specialist support for your children

Gender-based violence is violence that is directed against a person on the basis of gender. Gender-based violence is mostly inflicted by men on women and girls. Types of gender-based violence include:

  • Domestic violence (physical, sexual, financial, emotional or psychological abuse
  • Rape and sexual assault
  • Stalking
  • Prostitution
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Human trafficking and modern slavery (for example, sexual exploitation; forced labour; domestic servitude)
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • Forced marriage
  • So-called ‘honour’-based violence

If you are in Redbridge, you can access the Redbridge VAWG service. Phone: 0800 169 7759 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) or email redbridgevawg@refuge.org.uk

Visit this page for more information on the different forms of gender-based violence.