The Samira Project: Ending Violence Against BAMER Women

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The Samira Project is a violence against Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) women and girls outreach project. 

It is a partnership project between Latin American Women’s Aid (LAWA), the Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women’s Organisation (KMEWO) and the IMECE Women Centre, providing advice, information and support to women from BAMER backgrounds in Islington who are experiencing any form of violence.

Violence against women and girls can include, but is not restricted to:

  • domestic violence
  • sexual assault
  • stalking
  • forced marriage
  • so-called honour-based violence
  • female genital mutilation.

Services offered

The project aims to address the immediate safety needs of BAMER women at risk of harm to secure their and their children’s safety with a combination of information, advice, signposting and referrals onto other appropriate agencies which will put them on the path to long term safety, including:

  • risk assessment
  • safety planning for women and children
  • advice in housing options and civil and criminal remedies
  • referrals to other appropriate agencies that can help with welfare benefits, housing, immigration and other matters.

View the referral pathway (PDF)

Three Steps to Escaping Domestic Violence leaflet aimed specifically at women in black and minority ethnic communities. Covers advice on three steps to escaping violence and abuse. 

Leaflet in English (PDF)

Leaflet in 12 languages (PDFs on web page)  

Eligibility criteria


  • Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee women and girls

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs

EMIS form

Referral methods: Email

A referral form can be found in ISL EMIS under
ISL global documents > Social Services  > SAMIRA Project Referral Form - Domestic Violence



Women can self-refer using the contact details below. 


IMECE Women's Centre

t: 020 7354 1359
Monday to Wednesday

Latin American Women's Aid

t: 020 7275 0321
Wedneday to Friday

Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women's Organisation

t: 020 7263 1027

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