A safe, just and equal world for women

Our story

Our vision is a world where women and girls lead safe, just and equal lives.  

We achieve this through our mission of delivering systems change and empowering women and children who experience domestic abuse, including those in contact with the criminal justice system, to lead safe, just and equal lives in their communities. 

Our expertise lies in decades of providing specialist support by women and for women and girls, to achieve safety, justice and equality at the intersection of domestic abuse and the criminal justice system. 

Our founders' message

In 1998, women’s organisations together with criminal justice and statutory agencies in the Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham (LBHF) came together to respond to the fact that out of the 2,000 domestic abuse incidents reported in the area in 1996, there were only 10 convictions.

As a direct result, our founders Bear Montique and Beryl Foster OBE set up Advance Advocacy and Non Violence Community Education, known as Advance, to provide a new service delivery response to survivors in the community, by improving advocacy and access to support in a coordinated way. At the same time, they set up our sister organisation Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse (referred to as Standing Together) aiming to deliver innovation in the strategic and operational response of agencies working with survivors, their children and perpetrators, resulting in the Coordinated Community Response (CCR).

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Bear Montique and Beryl Foster OBE, working within London domestic abuse services and refuges since the 1970s.

50+ Years of Ending Violence Against Women and Girls movement

Our values

Listen and support

We listen without judgement, supporting women and girls to openly express themselves and to better understand their experiences and options available.


We empower women and girls to make their own informed decisions so that they can lead the lives they choose and we respect their choices.


We innovate, while managing risks, through our passion for continuous learning and developing solutions for new  challenges.


Within and outside the organisation to maximize our shared knowledge and bring greater impact to the women and girls we support.


We are accountable and deliver high quality services, through our expertise, our collaborative and proactive approach, which enable better outcomes for women and girls.

Our timeline

Advance is founded by Bear Montique
& Launch of Coordinated Community Response (CCR) and Standing Together by Beryl Foster OBE
Advance co-location at the Police stations
First Specialist Domestic Abuse Court (SDAC) in Hammersmith & Fulham
Development of the Advance Domestic Abuse Advocate (led to IDVA Model)
Launch of the Minerva Service Model
Development of the Impact service, and a Whole Justice Approach
Launch of the Minerva WrapAround Approach
Launch of the London Diversion service
Expansion of Minerva services nationally
Launch of Maia & Lift programme
Supporting young women and girls aged 9-25
Advance's 25th year anniversary.

Our Strategy 2023-2026


Women and children in our communities have access to long-term, wraparound support across all their needs including emotional support. 


Young women and girls understand domestic abuse and related VAWG (violence against women and girls) issues and are empowered to make informed choices and access support at the earlier point. 


Raise awareness of and campaign to address the prevalence and scale of the impact of domestic abuse and the criminal justice system on women to improve outcomes and achieve systemic change. 


Those working for and with Advance are supported to be leaders, change makers and advocates for women and girls. 

Our annual reports

2023 Annual Report
2022 Annual Report
2021 Annual Report
2020 Annual Report


Our confidentiality policy states that we will not discuss your case with any other agency without your permission. However, if there are concerns relating to Child Protection issues or if you are at serious risk of harm, we would need to disclose this information to the relevant agencies to help safeguard yourself and your children.

We will only share information that is necessary and will do so in a respectful and safe way.

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