Calling for an end to violence against women

Published 26 November 2021

The 16 Days of Activism against violence against women and girls is an international campaign that occurs every year. It begins on the 25th of November on the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on the 10th of December on Human Rights Day. More than 6000 organisations, in around 187 countries, have participated in the campaign since it was created in 1991 by activists at the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute. Globally, individuals and organisations use the 16 Days of Activism campaign to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

Violence against women is a pandemic

According to UN Women, around the world approximately 1 in 3 women aged 15 years and above have been subjected to sexual or physical violence by a partner, non-partner, or both at least once in their lifetime. This figure doesn't reflect the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on gender-based violence and would be much higher if sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, harmful practices, and digital violence were included.

Supporting survivors of gender-based violence

At Housing for Women empowering women and challenging inequality is at the heart of our work. In addition to providing women with affordable homes, we provide specialist support services for women who are survivors of gender-based violence.

We run a range of specialist domestic abuse services to help women and their children who are escaping domestic abuse access safety and start to rebuild their lives. 


Our services include: 


  • confidential domestic abuse helpline that offers emotional support, practical advice and signposts relevant support services to survivors and professionals throughout London. You can call us on 020 8317 8273 (Monday to Friday 9.00am - 6.00pm).
  • Safe temporary accommodation and on-site substances misuse and child support for refugee women and their children who are escaping domestic abuse
  • floating support service that works with women to help them consider what options they have, whether they have just left an abusive relationship or remain in one. Some of the issues our friendly support workers can help with include health, housing, or safety concerns. 
  • Coordinating referrals for the sanctuary scheme in Greenwich that offers additional security to ensure women can feel safe in their own homes. 
  •  A group workshop called the freedom programme that focuses on domestic abuse awareness and self-confidence. The programme helps give women the tools they need to deconstruct the behavioural patterns of their abusers and recognise the early signs of abusive behaviour. 


We also offer a ‘Replace’ service that supports women who have been trafficked into the UK for exploitation. Our support workers offer survivors of trafficking practical and emotional support. We create a tailored support plan to help meet the needs of each woman we work with.


This includes: 


  • Practical assistance- Accessing education, training, employment, voluntary work and communicating with landlords regarding housing options. 
  • Legal assistance- Working alongside solicitors to support individuals through the immigration process.
  • Financial assistance- Applying for relevant benefits and grants. 
  • Health and wellbeing support- Referring to counselling, reducing isolation and improving self-esteem. 


Gender-based violence is still a major global problem even though this year marks the 30th anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism campaign. During in this time we must come together and put pressure on institutions to make changes to eliminate violence against women and girls.

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