Southall Black Sisters was established in 1979 to meet the needs of black (Asian & African-Caribbean) women. A not-for-profit organisation, it provides comprehensive specialist support and services to women experiencing violence and abuse. It is managed by a group of women with long experience of women’s struggles and an enormous commitment to women’s rights. For more than two decades Southall Black Sisters has been at the forefront of challenging domestic and gender violence, both locally and nationally, and has been campaigning for the provision of support services to enable women and their children to escape violent relationships. The group’s aims are to highlight and challenge violence against women; empower them to gain more control over their lives; live without fear of violence; and assert their human rights to justice, equality and freedom.