Their mission is to create holistic, gender-specialist, culturally specific and trauma-informed safe spaces for Black women and girls affected by or at risk of gender-based violence across England and Wales as well as campaign to eradicate violence against women and girls in all its forms. 

HERSANA clients include Black women and girls, aged 13 and over, living, working or studying in Sussex, who have experienced any form of gender-based violence.

Gender-based Violence:

  • Sexual Violence (SV)
  • Domestic Violence (DV)
  • Forced Marriage (FM)
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Labia Pulling (LP)
  • Sexual Exploitation (SE)
  • “Honour” Based Violence (HBV)
  • Stalking and Harassment
  • Prostitution and Trafficking
  • Breast Ironing
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA)

What They Do

  • Provide free and confidential 1-1 and group counselling support to Black survivors of all forms of gender-based violence living/working/studying in Sussex.
  • Provide free and confidential advocacy support to Black survivors of all forms of gender-based violence across Sussex.
  • Provide holistic, empathic and non-judgemental practical and mentoring support to Black women and girls in the community.
  • Lead in the development of best practice in research, education, communication.
  • Tackle the myths, misunderstandings and problematic perspectives on gender-based violence, consent and healthy relationships by providing training to agencies, professionals, support groups and the wider community.
  • Increase awareness of gender-based violence within faith groups.
  • Empower young people and vulnerable groups to better understand their own boundaries and to respect those of others.
  • Campaign for systems and services to be transformed by contributing to the development of policy and practice levels on protecting Black women and girls in England & Wales.
  • Create safe spaces for Black women and girls to build confidence and self-esteem
  • Empower Black women by centering them in every narrative.
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