Celebrating 40 years of services
The Asian Women's Resource Centre and a refuge project ASRAA began in the 1970's with urban grant aid funds and a grant from social services. It was set up in a similar way to other sister organisations, where a group of Asian women came together to address issues of domestic violence that mainstream organisations were not meeting at the time. These inequalities stemmed from racism, lack of cultural understanding, language support, lack of awareness of domestic abuse and inadequate welfare provisions.
In 1980 the Centre became independent from the refuge and became known as the Asian Women's Resource Centre in its own right. Through the premises originally based near Harlesden Station the AWRC provided advice, support and information on various issues such as; immigration, nationality, advice on domestic violence and Gujarati classes. Several funding applications were made by the AWRC, and eventually a successful funding proposal for premises was submitted to Harlesden City Challenge board. We are now based at 108 Craven Park, Harlesden, a three storey building which was leased to the organisation for 120 years in 1997.
Whereby the service for the AWRC were primarily for South Asian Women residing in Brent. We have now grown and work in partnership with other organisations to provide a Pan-London service to women in 11 London Boroughs. Over the years our services have evolved to continue offering services to women who have been affected by domestic abuse and harmful practices. We support women who have experienced domestic abuse as well as harmful practices and have a young women's caseworker who specialises in offering support to women aged 18 - 30 years. We have a diverse BAME staff who are able to offer services in 17 different languages.
It is our aim to prevent domestic abuse by helping women and children to receive essential, practical and emotional support, so that they can re-build their lives, with the appropriate funding and financial support being achieved.
All the work that we do and the sustainability of our services rely on the support of donations to our service.
This year the AWRC is celebrating 40 years of service, 40 years of providing life-saving support to women and children who have been affected by domestic abuse, forced marriages, honour based and faith-based abuse.
Due to Covid-19, we have had to put the celebrations on hold, but we are delighted to share this momentous occasion with all of you in spirit.
Therefore, to mark this occasion, AWRC are raising £40,000 to support another 40,000 women from abuse in celebration of our 40th Anniversary.