£9,000 has been awarded for the Irish/Irish Traveller Domestic Violence Project: a contribution towards a specialist Case Worker to provide individual and group support to Irish Traveller women and children who are affected by domestic and sexual violence. The project aims to help these vulnerable and marginalised women and children to flee abuse, live safely and recover from trauma. The programme will be run in partnership with The Traveller Movement who will deliver an advocacy training programme to build Irish and Traveller women’s skills and abilities as advocates to provide support to vulnerable young Traveller women and children.

Solace Women’s Aid provides services across London which addresses the support needs of women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence. It provides specialist services in the community and in refuges, to women, children and young people (including dedicated support to Irish and Irish Traveller families). Their services are holistic and empowering so that service users can live independent lives free from abuse. SWA was founded in June 2007 as a result of a merger between Camden, Enfield and Islington Women’s Aid. In 2012 SWA merged with DVSS (Barnet) and Lambeth Women’s Aid to form a charity dedicated to supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence with over 100 collective years’ experience in this area of work. SWA manage multiple refuges sites across the capital and a number of pan-London services with dedicated teams in Islington, Southwark, Haringey, Camden, Barnet, Waltham Forest, Lambeth and Enfield.

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