Asian Women’s Resource Centre (AWRC) is a specialist women’s organisation based in the London Borough of Brent, providing independent, specialist and dedicated support services to Black, Minority, Ethnic (BME) women and children, experiencing abuse across London.
Services include; domestic abuse (including forced marriages and honour and faith-based abuse) outreach and advocacy services, working across a spectrum of risks, supporting women to recognise abuse, minimising risks, through safety planning and building women’s self-esteem and confidence through group work services; Advice and information services on welfare benefits, homelessness, debt, and immigration, including supporting women who have no recourse to public funds.
Practical and same language services are offered in 16 community languages (Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Marathi, Turkish, Azerbaijani, Kurdish, Italian, Portuguese, Farsi, Pashto, Konkani, Hinko, Patwari and Bengali
Training and employability workshops to women include: ESOL, Computing, Sewing and Embroidery classes, Healthy eating, and yoga to develop women’s knowledge, skills, and experiences to improve their career prospects. Women are also offered social and networking opportunities through activities groups
The AWRC also provides training to frontline practitioners both from the voluntary and statutory sectors on issues affecting BME women, such as self-harm and suicide, forced marriages, honour killings, trafficking, and caste and dowry.