HERSANA provides advice, information and support to empower black women and girls who have been affected by or at risk of any form of gender-based violence and abuse. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
HERSANA has an inclusive definition of women including trans women. They refer to Black women, Black girls, Black trans women and Black non-binary people who identify with and feel safe in feminine spaces as Black femmes, to create and provide an inclusive and safe space for their service users.
They provide support to women and girls, aged 13 and over, living, working or studying in Sussex.
- Sexual Violence
- Domestic Abuse
- Forced Marriage
- Female Genital Cutting
- Labia Pulling
- Sexual Exploitation
- “Honour” Based Abuse
- Stalking and Harassment
- Breast Ironing
- Childhood Sexual Abuse
When you're experiencing gendered abuse, a supportive, non-judgmental and reliable safe space can change your life. That’s what they do. They understand that every person experiencing abuse requires different types of support. That’s why they offer a wide range of services to meet your needs.
- Holistic Therapy Service offers 1-1 counselling, group work and specialist holistic therapies after experiencing gender-based violence and abuse.
- Independent Advocacy Service offers support to survivors in understanding their legal rights, options and empower femmes to use their voice. This can be through support with a wide range of agencies.
- Outreach Service offers wide-ranging and confidential community outreach services that meet femmes experiencing gendered abuse where they are, physically and emotionally, on their journey to safety.
- Live Chat offers confidential, anonymous and open ended emotional support and signposting to other support services, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- Training & Development Service offers an array of accredited and tailored training and seminars to a wide range of statutory and non-statutory organisations, as well as workshops to young people, survivors and community groups.