The Maia/LIFT programme, funded by the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit, is led by Advance, in partnership with Chance UK, Women’s Trust and Working Chance. It will run for one year from summer 2022 to summer 2023.
Niki Scordi, CEO of Advance said:
“The pioneering new Maia/Lift programme led by Advance will ensure young women and girls who have experienced domestic abuse get vital support at the earliest opportunity to help them escape harm and fulfil their aspirations.
“Young women and girls are disproportionately affected by domestic abuse but too often there is little specialist support that takes account of their experiences as both survivors and young women and girls. This programme will ensure they are not left to struggle on their own.
“With our partners Chance UK, Woman’s Trust and Working Chance, we will support young women and girls between the ages of 9 and 25, through one-to-one support, mentoring and group work. This work will build their trust, self-identity, and confidence, and increase their skills and ability to recognise when and where to go for support.
“This is an important project commissioned by the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit, and we hope it will pave the way for similar services across the country to ensure young women and girls are getting the support they need.”
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- Advance’s vision is a world in which women and children lead safe, equal, violence-free lives so that they can flourish and actively contribute to society. The charity works with women who experience domestic abuse to be safe and take control of their lives, and women who have committed crime or are at risk of offending to break the cycle.
- As well as providing direct support, Advance works with statutory services, government agencies and other women’s charities to ensure a holistic approach to the issues these women face.
- Women must be referred to Advance, via statutory services or the charity’s self-referral scheme. For more information about who Advance is able to support, please visit Get help
- For facts and statistics about domestic abuse and women in the criminal justice system, as well as Advance’s work, please visit Our impact