The Angelou Centre, a Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) led women’s organisation, was established in 1993 to advance economic inclusion for women excluded due to disadvantages of race and gender in the north east.
A holistic approach is used focusing on breaking down socio-cultural barriers, for example domestic violence, to achieve economic independence. We provide a comprehensive, holistic model of support for BME women and children survivors of domestic and sexual violence. This work has been developed through direct work with women and children survivors and is rooted in their lived experiences.
We offer culturally and linguistically relevant advice, information and advocacy through case work; group support for women (Saheli) and Simba (children) as well as therapeutic care and counselling for women and children experiencing violence and abuse. We support women to identify and access routes to safety and survival as well as dealing with the physical, socio- cultural and psychological impact of living in a range of domestic violence situations (physical violence, verbal abuse, mental cruelty/torture, humiliation, rape and sexual abuse, forced marriage, domestic slavery, female genital mutilation, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, visa abuse, trafficking, and so called ‘honour killings’).
The ‘wrap around’ support, developed in partnership with a wide range of relevant statutory and voluntary agencies also addresses related problems of homelessness, poverty, mental health, insecure immigration status and empowers women and children to rebuild their lives free from violence and abuse.