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About Us

The London Abused Women’s Centre (LAWC) is a feminist agency providing abused and exploited women and children over the age of 12 with hope and help. This includes women and girls exploited in prostitution/sex trafficking/pornography; abused by their intimate partners; and/or subjected to sexual harassment or torture. LAWC also provides support and counselling to family members of women and girls who have been prostituted/sex trafficked, including women and girls who are missing or disappeared.

Women and girls are provided with long-term, woman-centred, trauma-informed counselling, advocacy and support in a safe, non-crisis, non-residential setting. There is no charge to attend. LAWC will assist with transportation and child minding needs as required.

This site is intended to provide you with information about LAWC’s services as well as educational information and resources about woman abuse, prostitution/sex trafficking, and sexual harassment. All resource materials are either written by or approved by LAWC.

Women and girls are provided with immediate access to service. Appointments can be made by contacting LAWC to schedule a confidential appointment. An interpreter will be made available through Across Languages if requested.

All women and girls will be provided with a safety plan.

If you need emergency help, call 911.

For crisis counselling: call the Assaulted Women’s Helpline toll free at 1-866-863-0511 or on your mobile device at #SAFE (#7233)

Our Mission

Vision

To liberate women and all of society from patriarchy.

Mission Statement

Provide women and girls over the age of 12 who are experiencing abuse/violence with immediate access to long-term, woman-centred, trauma-informed counselling, support and advocacy.

Areas of Expertise

Specially-developed programs are provided to women and girls over the age of 12 experiencing abuse, assault, sexual assault, sexual harassment and/or torture by an intimate partner, sex purchaser, trafficker, pimp or in the workplace.

Support programs are provided to family members of trafficked girls and women.

Beliefs 

The London Abused Women’s Centre believes:

  • Male violence against women and women’s inequality are caused by patriarchy. Addressing the systemic issues that deny women freedom from oppression and full equality rights under Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms must be the first priority of all levels of government
  • All women are potential victims of violence and abuse for no other reason than their sex
  • Abused women have a right to immediate access to well-resourced services and safety plans and those services must include advocacy, education and collaboration
  • Ending male violence against women requires advocating for personal, social, institutional and political change.
  • All systemic actions must have a positive impact on women and girls globally
  • No woman is free until all women are free

Prostitution Beliefs and Principles

The London Abused Women’s Centre is an abolitionist agency that believes:

  • Most women enslaved in the commercial sex trade (pornography, prostitution, adult entertainment, body rub/massage parlours, “strip” clubs, escort services) are trafficked
  • The overwhelming majority of women do not choose to be sexually exploited into the commercial sex trade.
  • Pimps and sex purchasers (almost always men) do choose to rape, torture, sexually exploit and violate women and girls in the commercial sex trade;
  • Sexually exploited women and girls in the commercial sex trade are victims of torture, rape, assault, exploitation and/or other violations causing significant trauma
  • Appropriate and fully-funded resources must be allocated to provide women and girls exploited in the commercial sex trade with woman-centred, survivor and trauma-informed services that may include housing, income support, debt counselling, residential and outpatient rehabilitation services for substance use, long-term counselling, secondary and post-secondary educational opportunities, job training, family reintegration, and access to hidden identity support and relocation.

 

London Abused Women’s Centre 2018