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South London African Women's Organisation
'Break the silence; You have a right to safety'


Initiated by a group of women, responding to the need for culturally appropriate services for abused women; SLAWO believes Violence against women (and children) needs to end.


We have thus created a service aimed at eliminating violence within relationships by focusing on: public education, counselling, research, networking, personal growth and organisational development.


Mission Statement:

SLAWO is Committed to eliminating domestic violence in the African and BAME communities by...

... increasing the awareness about the extent and depth of the problem,

... making culturally specific issues visible,

...strengthening community modelsof prevention and intervention,

...identifying and expanding resources informing and promoting research and policy,

....and deepening our understanding of the issues surrounding violence against women, and its link to HIV infections, Rape and sexual assault and mental health.


SLAWO and the services we provide are proudly Non Discriminatory.


We work with women from all BAME cultures and Ethnicities, disabled, LGBT, substance misusers, women with mental health problems and those with no recourse to Public Funds.


Our services include:

Counsellors, who provide culturally appropriate counselling services and advice to the survivors of domestic violence from BAME communities and emotional support, advice and referrals for women infected or affected with mental health, HIV/AIDS or chronic illnesses.


Independent Domestic Violence Advisors, who provide legal advice and Information to help develop safety measures for women affected by domestic violence.


Youth Workers, who volunteer their time and skills to execute development training to young people whose relatives may be accessing SLAWO services or who live locally; To enhance their organisational skills and personal growth and reduce the likelihood of them using violence as a means of communication in their current and future relationships.


Male advisors, who support groups of men who have been affected by domestic violence in the African community as well as men who train as advocates for anti-violence towards women.


Additionally...SLAWO offers Advocacy Outreach Sessions, sharing our specialist knowledge on through workshops, focus groups, in house training and public speaking events; all of which aims to influence local and national policy makers to re address African and ethnic minority vulnerability to domestic and sexual violence and related health issues.

Current Projects

The Heal Partnership: A Pan London HIV Partnership providing targeted services to reduce sexual, transmission of HIV Infection, vertical transmission, prevalence of un diagnosed HIV infections and the stigma associated with HIV among Africans living in London and their partners.


SLAWO Truss Empowerment Project: Leadership training for young people from the BAME communities, with the aim of discouraging involvement in criminal activity.

- Our groups of young people meet two Saturdays a month.

- Activities include workshops, seminars, trips to historical places, and activities that involve Music dance and Drama.


World Aids Day Events: SLAWO holds annual world Aids day each year at Tooting Broadway Station and Market, to increase the awareness of HIV/Aids in the communities in Wandsworth. 

- It includes distribution of Free Condoms, Leaflets etc



Finding Us

Ground Floor: 415C London Road

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