Due to an unprecedented volume of referrals, we regret that we are unable to accept any new referrals between Wednesday 1st December 2021 and Wednesday 5th January 2022. We will continue to prioritise urgent cases and will take high-risk referrals only if a CAADA-DASH risk assessment has been undertaken and is attached with the referral. We will also continue to accept MARAC referrals. Our No Recourse Fund remains open for applications and referrals. Our Helpline (020 8571 9595) remains open between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday – Friday until Friday 17th December, when SBS will close for the holidays until Wednesday 5th January 2022. 

You can reach the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247. If you are in immediate danger, dial 999.

Dorothy Udealor-Ugwu – Gone but not Forgotten

by | Mar 30, 2021 | News | 0 comments

Dear Friends/Supporters

Dorothy Udealor-Ugwu (7 April 1970 – 8 March 2021)

We would like to thank you all so much for your generous donations to cover the funeral costs of our beloved member and sister Dorothy Udealor-Ugwu. We are delighted to inform you that due to your amazing response, we have reached our target goal of £6000. We will now be able to lay Dorothy to rest with the respect and dignity that she deserves.

Dorothy died after a long struggle with cancer on Sunday 8th March 2021 in West London. She will always be remembered for her resilience, courage, and tenacity in fighting against injustice faced by migrant women in particular. Her funeral will take place on 7 April 2021 in Ealing, on what would have been her 51st birthday.

For more details about Dorothy see here: Tribute to Dorothy Udealor-Ugwu – Our Sister in Struggle



Dorothy sharing her early experience as a SBS user

and later as an activist, speaking at an event, hosted by the APPG on No Recourse to Public Funds, that looked at the issues facing migrant women who experience domestic abuse, and explored how the Domestic Abuse Bill can be used to ensure all women can access support and safety, regardless of immigration status

A happy memory of Dorothy’s singing and acting in “Unspoken” a street theatre play performed in Southall in collaboration with Giants Theatre Company

One of Dorothy’s proudest achievements was taking part in “Turning the Page: Writings from the Southall Black Sisters Survivors’ Group” edited by Rahila Gupta and published in collaboration with the School of English & Drama of Queen Mary University of London; a moving, heart-breaking and uplifting collection of stories and poems by women from all around the world who have experienced violence, loss, grief, and material insecurity

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