Latin American Women’s Aid runs the only two refuges in Europe by and for Latin American women and children fleeing gender-based violence. We also offer holistic and intersectional services, providing everything a BME woman needs to recover from abuse and live empowered lives.

We welcome women of all abilities, from any cultural context, ethnicity, social class, religion and sexuality. We are proud to be bisexual, lesbian, queer and trans women inclusive.

Need Help?

Contact us on 020 727 50321
or Call the National Domestic Violence
Helpline freephone on 0808 2000 247


Our services


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Established in the United Kingdom since 1987, LAWA’s refuges are safe homes for Latin American, and Black and Minority Ethnic women who are fleeing gender violence, in particular domestic violence.
We run two refuges, Chia house and Mawu house, in confidential locations. They are both only for Black and Minority Ethnic women and children, providing a safe space for recovery and growth with a friendly and professional staff team. Through a holistic and person-centred approach we offer individually tailored emotional and practical support plans according to each woman and child’s intersectional needs. Our refuges are spaces for new beginnings, hope and healing.

Call us or come to our offices if you are seeking for a refuge space.

Advice and support

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Our advice and support centre offers information, advocacy and support to Latin American and BME women, in particular but not limited to survivors of gender based violence. Through one-to-one appointments, drop-in days, telephone advice, in-house surgeries and outreach points we offer advice and support in a wide range of areas. This includes domestic violence and other gendered forms of violence; immigration and family law; welfare benefits advice; housing and emergency accommodation; child support; career and employment advice; skills development and community integration.
To access this service, you can call us or come to one of our weekly drop-in on Tuesdays between 09:30am and 12:00pm.


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Domestic violence is a very traumatic experience that can leave us with emotional scars, confused feelings, fears, memories, and damaged self-esteem. Having a space to talk about that experience with a professional counsellor can be healing.
LAWA’s in house counselling service provides psychotherapy support in Portuguese, Spanish and English. We adopt a culturally sensitive, trauma focused approach that supports women to recover their mental and emotional health and general wellbeing. Ultimately, our counselling aims to empower women to recover their self-confidence and take control over their own lives. Counselling sessions are free and individual. They provide a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment for you to express and reflect on your problems, the suffering that violence has left in your life and those around you. To access this service, please contact us through our advice and support centre.

English lessons

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In partnership with English for Action, LAWA offers English as a Second Language (ESOL) classes to Latin American and BME women, helping them to overcome such barrier to inclusion. Every Wednesday and Thursday we offer English lessons from 5:00pm-7:00pm – beginner, elementary and intermediate levels. All you have to do is come on either of those two days and sign up with the English teacher, who will evaluate the level that best suits your needs.
We also run a crèche service during English classes to enable mothers to attend classes. Both services are completely free of charge.


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As part of our advice and support centre we run a crèche space for mothers to be able to access our services. You leave your children during English lessons under the care of a professional. This service has no cost and is available for children from 0 to 12 years of age.

Change Maker Programme

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Our Change Maker Programme is an intersectional and intergenerational feminist space for Latin Americans and BME women to meet, learn and grow together. The project has been designed to address themes such as gender inequalities and intersectionality; violence against women and girls; sisterhood and self-care; ecofeminism; migration, diaspora and racial identities; sexual diversity; spirituality and resilience; and migrant women’s involvement in community struggles.

Based on theoretical frameworks of black intersectional feminism and Latin American Communitarian Feminism and using popular education methodologies (See; Judge; and Act) the program encompasses workshops, alternated with outings, and group attendance to community events and actions. Some workshops are foreseen to be co-delivered by participants to foster peer-to-peer support and empower them to become multipliers. In addition to creating a safe space to share personal experiences, the programme promotes a culture of solidarity, sisterhood, personal and collective empowerment which ultimately lead women to become change makers.

For more information about our programme, contact Carolina Cal, our Change Maker and Community Engagement Officer, at the following email address

WAHA Initiative

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Women against Homelessness and Abuse (WAHA) is an initiative for Black and Minority Ethnic women jointly run by the Latin American Women’s Aid and London Black Women’s Project under the OYA consortium of BME refuges.
WAHA aims to address Black and monitory ethnic women’s intersecting pressures of poverty, homelessness and gender violence through promoting changes in housing policy and practice in the UK using a rights-based approach. It is a policy but also a frontline project advising, representing and supporting survivors to make appeals and secure safe and appropriate accommodation, in an environment free from violence and intimidation.

Our ultimate goal is to work with policy makers and practitioners to affect change to ensure the housing needs of BME survivors are met. We envisage a world where no woman will be forced to endure abuse for fear of becoming homeless, where women fleeing violence are able to access their rights to safe accommodation without that process furthering the cycle of abuse.

Children and Young People services

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We offer specialized services for BME children and young people at the refuge. Our Children and family support worker runs weekly activities to encourage their recovery and the reestablishment of the relationship with their mothers after living or witnessing traumatic violent experiences.

We also provide specialized counselling services for children in their own language.

News from LAWA

LAWA news
Tuesday November 26th, 2019

LAWA’s Annual Report 2018-2019

We are happy to share with you our 2018/2019 Annual Report. This was a year full of challenges but also great accomplishments for our organisation. We are looking forward to…
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Monday November 18th, 2019

‘Manifesto for Women and Girls’ – Effecting Change this General Election.

Latin American Women's Aid is proud to be a contributor to the 'Manifesto for Women and Girls', compiled by a coalition of 30 women's organisations. This general election offers an…
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Thursday October 10th, 2019

LAWA launches #ARoofNotAHome.

Latin American Women’s Aid (LAWA) and London Black Women’s Project (LBWP) under the OYA consortium of by and for Black and minoritised women’s organisations are proud to announce the launch…

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