IKWRO helps Middle Eastern women and girls (Iranian, Kurdish, Arab, Afghan and Turkish) who are living in the UK. We speak Farsi, Arabic, Kurdish, Dari, Turkish and English.
We give confidential advice on issues including domestic violence, “honour” based violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, separation and divorce, child custody, housing and benefits. We don’t tell women what to do or judge them. We explain the options and help them to make decisions.
We can speak with clients on the telephone, at our London office or at another place which is safe and convenient for them. We can also run an advice clinic, for example at a local community centre, GP surgery or youth club. All our services are completely confidential.
Referrals and advocacy
We can refer women and girls to other services – for example housing, immigration advice or legal aid – and can come with them to appointments with the police, a GP or others. We work with police, social services and others to keep our clients safe. Where necessary we can also translate, write letters or speak on our clients’ behalf.
Expert evidence in court proceedings
We can write expert letters and statements for women and girls who are going through court proceedings including asylum and immigration hearings, child residence and contact proceedings and applications for protective court orders such as Non Molestation Orders and Forced Marriage Protection Orders. We can also give expert testimony in court to ensure that judges are fully aware of the issues that Middle Eastern women and girls can face.
Support and counselling
We give emotional support to all clients and offer a free counselling service in Farsi, Kurdish and English.
If you need our help you can contact us on the numbers to the right of this page. You can also use our online referral form, but if you need help urgently we recommend that you call us.