Women & Girls Network
WAGN was established in 1987 as a community based organisation providing women and girls with a specialised, comprehensive range of therapeutic services aimed at facilitating healing and recovery from experiences of violence. It is a pan-London organisation, which adopts the widest interpretation of violence against women, including physical, sexual or emotional violence linked to current, recent or past events.
The organisation provides individual counselling, group work, complementary therapies and a telephone helpline. It also provides training programmes for women working in the VAW field, and have developed courses specifically designed to meet the needs of women engaged in front-line or face-to-face work. WAGN recently ran a counselling programme for the Lilith Project; it was a multicultural course designed to further equip women workers with the tools to support, inform and empower women who have been exploited and oppressed through experiences of violence. Women who accessed the course were unanimously enthusiastic about the benefits. Another positive initiative for WAGN has been its collaboration with the POPPY project, providing counselling for women who have been trafficked into the UK for prostitution.
The work of WAGN sustains women in their battle against the trauma manifested through their experiences of violence; incorporates essential affirmation for women and girls who have been denied a sense of self worth and respect; and puts the principles of multicultural teaching and woman-centred empowerment models into practice. WAGN have been nominated for incalculable support for survivors of violence and women working in the VAW field.