Alongside our partners Chance UK, Woman’s Trust and Working Chance, we help self-identifying young women and girls between the ages of 9 and 25, through one-to-one support, mentoring and group work. The Maia service aims to build their trust, confidence and sense of self, develop their practical skills and equip them to recognise when and where to seek support.
Funded by the Mayor of London’s Violence Reduction Unit, the service is led by Advance and delivered in partnership with Woman’s Trust and Working Chance. Another of our partners, Chance UK, leads on LIFT – a specialist service for girls aged 9 to 13. Maia ensures young women and girls affected by domestic abuse get the vital support they need at the earliest opportunity, helping them to be safe and fulfil their aspirations.
We know that young women and girls are disproportionately affected by domestic abuse, yet too often there is very little specialist support available that takes account of their experiences as both survivors of abuse and young women and girls. We hope Maia and LIFT will pave the way for similar services across the country to ensure young women and girls are getting the help they desperately 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