At NCDV we work in partnership with hundreds of statutory and voluntary organisations every day of every year to further develop as an organisation and most importantly, to be able to offer our free civil protection order service to everyone that needs it. Without the support of our partner organisations, we would not be able to reach as many of the victims and survivors of domestic abuse as we are able to do currently. For example, in January 2022, NCDV took 8050 referrals. Our pro bono department worked with 447 of these referrals as litigants in person – people that, for whatever reason, are not able to get legal aid and would otherwise be left unprotected.
One such partner organisation is Aanchal Women’s Aid. “Aanchal” is the South Asian word for a covering for the head, as is worn by Asian women. The word commonly symbolises protection, comfort and safety, which are the same principles at the core of all their work.
Aanchal Women’s Aid was founded by Su Bhuhi when a woman needed support to safeguard her children from being taken to South Asia against her will. Su, a survivor herself, took a stand to help protect the women and her children from further harm.
Aanchal Women’s Aid provide support and services to help people who face challenging life situations so that they can understand their rights and make informed choices.
Aanchal continues to grow from strength to strength. They never lose sight of the person that knocks on their door and their needs. They listen and they understand. They have helped over 40,000 women since that day in 1984, when their founder, Su Bhuhi, helped that first woman.
We at NCDV are delighted to work in partnership with Aanchal Women’s Aid. Please see their latest list of events for March 2022 here.