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Mission Statement

The mission of SWA is to act as a stimulus to develop lasting positive change by actively challenging harmful belief systems and practices that act as the root cause of all forms of abuse within the Sikh and wider South Asian community.

Our goal is to empower victims to take control of their own lives to become survivors by breaking free of toxic cultural practices that seek to disempower vulnerable members of the Sikh and South-Asian community especially those with language barriers, that prevent them from accessing the right kind of help and support.

Aims

Our aim is to reduce the extent of harm and violence to vulnerable people, with greater emphasis on women and children with language barriers, in the Sikh and South-Asian community are subjected to. We will achieve this via five key strands of service delivery: -

  1. Crisis Intervention and support.
  2. Prevention via awareness, community workshops and training.
  3. Mental health support and resilience building in women and children.
  4. Act as a lead voice for empowering victims from a Sikh and South-Asian background who have experienced domestic abuse, sexual abuse and violence by producing report and gather data and statistics to ensure the female Sikh and south Asian experience in relation to VAWG has a platform.
  5. Feed into policy at a local, regional and national level to bring about positive change for victims.

 

Objectives

In order to deliver on our aims and five strands of delivery we aim to provide tailored and often bespoke support and advocacy to empower victims of any form of abuse in the Sikh and South Asian community with language barriers to thrive and live their most authentic lives.

  • Crisis Intervention and support for victims via: -

    1. One to one support for victims of Gender Based Violence, Domestic Abuse, Faith Based Abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation, Grooming & Honour Based Violence.
    2. Assisting victims with housing and shelter.
    3. Helping victims access financial support and legal assistance where required.
    4. Emotional support and signposting.
    5. Encouraging victims to report any abuse to the police.
    6. Helping non-English speaking victims to access required support and services.
    7. Translation services
  • Prevention via:

    1. Awareness campaigns to inform victims of their rights via bilingual resources and innovative programmes
    2. Weekly bi-lingual show on Media channels discussing emerging themes from crisis intervention work to inform wider communities and empower hard to reach victims to seek help
    3. Creating engaging digital content and resources that are bi-lingual to educate the Sikh and South-Asian community
  • Mental Health Support and Resilience Building via:

    1. Providing a bi-lingual support network and guidance for socially and economically disadvantaged women.
    2. Providing a forum for women to engage and discuss challenges and a safe space to discuss problems and solutions.
    3. Partnering with Specialist Sikh and South-Asian therapists for specialist and culturally sensitive mental health referrals for clients in-need

  • Leading voice for Sikh and South Asian female empowerment

    1. To increase women's representation into key influential and leadership roles
    2. To empower women via self-autonomy & peer mentoring
    3. To provide a forum for women to discuss challenges and issues facing them
  • Feeding into policy at all levels

    1. To facilitate and deliver workshops and seminars for grassroots information gathering of prevailing issues facing the Sikh and South-Asian community.
    2. To challenge barriers to the lawful rights of women & feed into policy to achieve equality and justice.
    3. Bring to light across all political levels’ issues surrounding intersectionality and discrimination faced by BAME abuse victims including Sikh victims.
    4. Shed light on the horrific experiences faced by non-English speaking victims via the family courts.  

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