This Good Practice Briefing has been produced by AVA as part of the Ascent project.

About the briefing

This good practice briefing highlights the necessity of trauma-informed approaches to supporting Black and minoristised women and girl survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. We thank the tireless work of Black and minoritised women in the VAWG sector who continually push for better support for Black and minoritised women and girls experiencing domestic and sexual abuse.

At AVA, we pledge to work harder to centre anti-racism in our work to end gender-based violence - we can and must do more to support both BME organisations and survivors. The webinar, Race, Trauma, and VAWG, that we held on the 8th December 2020 was a crucial step in our journey at AVA in committing to this work.

This briefing brings together the key points from this webinar. As a mainstream VAWG organisation we do not claim to inaugurate good practice, but instead refer to the practices and information from specialist BME organisations, like those represented by the speakers at this webinar. We do so while committing ourselves to upholding their important recommendations and making ourselves accountable to doing so.

The objectives of the webinar were:

● To learn about the intersections between race, trauma, and gender-based violence.
● To consider and inform trauma-informed responses for Black and minoritised
women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence and abuse.
This briefing builds on the insights, key themes and recommendations expressed during


About Ascent

Ascent is a partnership project undertaken by the London Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Consortium, delivering a range of services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, under six themes, funded by London Councils. The second tier support project aims to address the long term sustainability needs of organisations providing services to those affected by sexual and domestic violence. The project seeks to improve the quality of such services across London by providing a range of training and support. 

Women’s Resource Centre is the lead partner in the Support Services Strand where we work together with 5 partner organisations:

Rights of Women


Women and Girls Network

Against Violence and Abuse (AVA)


Find out more about the Ascent project here.