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Southall Black Sisters provides holistic advocacy services aimed at helping Black and minoritised women live free from all forms of violence and abuse.LEARN more
SBS No Recourse Fund
Our last-resort No Recourse Fund (NRF) provides a vital safety net for victims with NRPF to access refuge or safe accommodation in order to escape domestic and sexual abuse, prostitution and trafficking and harmful practices.LEARN more
Southall Black Sisters (SBS) was set up in 1979 as a specialist centre for Black and minoritised women. It was a direct response to the invisibility of Black and minoritised women in our own communities as well as in wider society. From the outset, we were concerned about Black and minoritised women falling between the cracks in the struggles for better state responses to racial and gender equality. Our aim is to empower women and girls and assist to them in overcoming obstacles that hinder their access to equality, human rights and freedom.
SBS provides holistic specialist services by combining advice and advocacy work with ongoing support such as counselling and psychotherapy. We combine crisis intervention work with long term advocacy and policy and campaigning work.
Through our advocacy work, we assist women to access relevant services that are needed for their protection and redress, ranging from accessing safe housing, the police, welfare, and mental health services, to the legal system.
The issues that SBS deals with include: domestic violence, rape, sexual abuse, “honour” crimes, forced marriage, dowry-based violence, homicide, suicide aggravated by domestic violence and other forms of familial abuse including imprisonment, restriction of movement, abandonment, abduction to countries of origin and denial of education and independent careers. These issues are very much interrelated with other matters such as homelessness, immigration, mental health, criminal and civil issues, destitution, and poverty. Our casework also has an international dimension (e.g. honour-based violence, threats to abduct or take women and children abroad, forced marriage and transnational marriage abandonment).
Our work by its very nature addresses issues of multiple or intersectional discrimination, involving the simultaneous experience of race, gender, class, and other forms of inequality.
IN AN EMERGENCY
Southall Black Sisters do not provide a 24-hour emergency service. If you need help out of hours (9-5 pm) we advise you to contact the police on 999 or one of the emergency helplines.
If you are using our services and have a case with us we will continue to work with you out-of-hours if necessary, to ensure your safety.