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Have you been affected by gender-based violence?

We are ready to listen and help you help yourself to process and move forward.

What is counselling?

Counselling is a form of talking therapy which provides support and guidance to help people cope. It offers a safe confidential space where the focus is on the client to talk about issues which concern them. Counselling is not about giving advice or telling you what to do. Instead, it can offer a space to express, explore and understand different perspectives on your experiences. Attending counselling needs to be your own choice when you are ready.

Who is the Counselling Service for?

Women and girls 14+ who have experienced any form of Gender Based Violence. This includes “honour”-based violence, forced marriage, child marriage, female genital mutilation, domestic violence and sexual assault.

What we offer?

Our specialist counselling service offers up to 20 weekly individual counselling sessions. The number of sessions are agreed at the assessment, based on the counsellor’s judgement and the client’s need. Our counselling approach is trauma informed, in that it aims to help the client become more grounded, better able to process experiences that have held them back, and assist in integrating back into society.

We also offer an 8-week psycho-educational group called Moving Forward aimed at helping women and girls 16+ who have experienced any form of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). This includes coercive control, stalking and harassment.

Who are the counsellors?

All counsellors are members of a recognised professional body and are accredited or working towards accreditation. They adhere to the BPS (British Psychological Society) and the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) code of ethics and receive regular clinical supervision.  Counsellors are trained on how to work with harmful practices, domestic and sexual violence.

Where we work?

We operate in 15 different boroughs across London. Get in touch and find out if we cover your borough.

How much does it cost?

These services are free of charge and are only for clients who have faced any form of gender-based violence and reside in, or are connected to the assigned borough.

How to get help?

If you are a professional please complete our referral form and email it to can also self-refer by completing a referral form or giving us a call on 020 7490 0303.

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Mon to Fri 9.30-5.30 0207 920 6460

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IKWRO is a registered charity number 1151507 founded in 2002. We are committed to providing non-judgmental support to women who speak Kurdish, Arabic, Turkish, Farsi, Dari, Pashtu and English.


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IKWRO – Women’s Rights Organisation
PO Box 75229
E15 9FX

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