A Herstorical Perspective

A Herstorical Perspective

Celebrating 40 years of services

Asian Women's Resource Centre (AWRC) and ASRAA, a refuge project began in the 1970s with the help of urban and social services grant aid funds. Like other sister organisations, AWRC was set up by a group of Asian women to address issues of domestic violence and needs of survivors that mainstream organisations were failing to meet at the time. These needs reflected the inequalities that women of colour faced, stemming from racism, inadequate welfare provisions and lack of cultural understanding, language support and awareness of domestic abuse. In 1980 the Centre became independent from the refuge and became known as the Asian Women's Resource Centre (AWRC) in its own right.

From its early days stationed near Harlesden Station, AWRC embarked on a mission to offer crucial advice, support, and information on and tackling pressing issues like immigration, nationality, and domestic violence. Its services were primarily aimed at South Asian women in Brent, providing them with a much-needed support system. Over time, AWRC's scope and impact have remarkably expanded. Today, it extends its services across London, reaching out to Black, Minority, and Ethnic (BME) women. Through forging strong partnerships with other organizations within the 'ending VAWG' (Violence Against Women and Girls) sector, AWRC has grown into a pivotal Pan-London entity dedicated to supporting women from diverse backgrounds.

Today, we are based at 108 Craven Park, Harlesden. Our team is a diverse comprising a mix of Black, Minority and Ethnic women providing by and for needs led services in 21 languages to women who have experienced domestic abuse, harmful practices and so called 'honour-based' abuse. Our mission is to prevent domestic abuse by helping women and children to receive essential, practical, and emotional support, providing a wrap around holistic support service, to assist women in re-building their lives.

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