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Aanchal Women's Aid

We're a women's organisation that assists women affected by physical as well as mental, financial, sexual and emotional domestic abuse. Our guiding principle is that we will never turn our back on a woman in need of our help. And we won't give in to bureaucracy at the expense of real lives. While some statutory agencies turn women away because they don't have the right legal status or their situation doesn't quite fit into the agency's remit, we'll do what we can to help. Regardless.

We address needs that are immediate: we help women leave abusive situations and refer them to appropriate shelters. We help them access financial support. We also address their emotional needs by helping them through the initial trauma. We provide counselling and support groups to get them on their feet. And we address long term needs: we are setting up sustainable educational programmes that enable these women to go from victims to fully independent citizens.

Aanchal offers the following list of services:

  • 24 hour helpline
  • Telephone counselling sessions
  • Advocacy
  • Inter-agency forums and community workshops
  • Empowerment services (Support groups, self-development specialist sessions & English classes)
  • Mentoring service (Future project)
  • Child support service (Future project)
  • Health service (Future project)
  • Youth support programme

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Are you affected by domestic abuse? Are you scared of leaving your partner because you don't know where to go? Perhaps it's not you but your mum, a friend, a colleague or a relative. And they can't speak English. Let us help you by getting in touch.

Dial: 0845 4512 547

If you (or a family member or a friend) are affected by domestic abuse and need help, call us on the above number. Our helpline is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Our service is completely confidential and we provide help in the following languages: English, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil, Bengali, Sylheti and Gujerati.

Are you under 18? Chat to us online

Do you wish to chat to someone in confidence? Are you facing problems at school or with friends? Are you affected by a violent or abusive person who lives at your home? Perhaps you are worried about a female relative or wish to talk to someone on behalf of your mom. And you're scared of being found out. We're here to listen.

Chat to us online in complete confidence.We will not tell your parents or teacher or anyone without your permission. Nothing remains of the conversation once you end the chat. We can speak English, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil, Bengali, Sylheti and Gujerati.

Our chat room is currently open at these times:
Monday 1-2pm
Tuesday 6-7 pm
Wednesday 10-11pm
Thursday 7-8 pm
Friday 4-5 pm

Last updated 24/11/2021