FLIC is one of seven specialist charities participating in The WiSER Project, a specialist service to support women who are facing violence against women and girls (VAWG) and who have experienced severe and multiple disadvantage.

Working with women in the boroughs of Camden, Islington, Haringay and Enfield, with FLIC hosting the Specialist Advocate for Camden, the project targets women who have not engaged with support services for an extended period and whose experience of VAWG intersects with severe disadvantage, increasing their vulnerability and risk.

Through a combination of outreach, one to one and group support work, WiSER helps women and girls to access safe housing and benefits, improve their health, build self esteem and confidence, access work, education and training, engage with support services, and become financially independent. 

Of the 20 women currently engaging with the service, at the point of referral none had recent sustained engagement with support services. Since working with WiSER, 11 have been supported into safe housing, 11 have been supported with incidents of violence against them, 10 have engaged with drug and alcohol services, 10 have registered with GP or medical services, and 11 have received support and advocacy around their children. 

Involving women with lived experience

We are committed to ensuring that women with lived experience of domestic violence and multiple needs play a role in shaping this work. Service users attend the WiSER steering group and provide direct input into the project through focus groups and a Peer Support network. 

To help statutory services to develop a better understanding of clients experiencing multiple disadvantage and how they can respond effectively by taking a trauma informed approach, FLIC has helped devise a training programme, based on the expertise of all of the participating organisations, which will be rolled out to services within the boroughs.

Five organisations - FLIC, Solace Women’s Aid, Nia, Hopscotch and Imece - host six Specialist Advocates to deliver the WiSER project, with training and consultation from Women at the Well and AVA providing evaluation.