IKWRO helps Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls who are living in the UK.  We speak Farsi, Kurdish, Arabic, Dari, Pashto, Turkish, and English.

Advice
We give advice on issues including “honour” based abuse, forced marriage, child marriage, female genital mutilation, domestic abuse, separation and divorce, child residence and contact, housing and benefits. We don’t tell women what to do or judge them.  We explain the options and support them to make their own decisions. We give emotional support to all clients.  

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 provide an advice clinic, for example at a local community centre, GP surgery or youth club.  All of our services are free and completely confidential and we never mediate. 

Referrals and advocacy
We can refer women and girls to other services; for example for housing or immigration advice including to Legal Aid providers and we can accompany them to appointments with the police, a GP or others.  We work with the 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 and North African women and girls can face.

If you need our help you can contact us by phone or use our referral form. If you need our help urgently we recommend that you call us. If you are in immediate danger call 999.

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