The London Abused Women's Centre (LAWC) offers 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, abused by their partners and/or exposed to sexual harassment.

Women and girls are provided with woman-centred, trauma informed counselling, advocacy and support in a safe, non-crisis, non-residential setting.

This site is intended to provide you with information about LAWC’s services as well as educational information about woman abuse. Included, you will find a number of articles, handouts and reports written or approved by LAWC.

You can contact LAWC by phone to schedule an appointment for free counselling, advice and emotional support with a commitment to protecting your privacy. An interpreter will be made available through Across Languages if requested.

In your counselling session, you will be provided with safety planning and useful information about the abuse you are or have experienced. Child care can be made available during your appointment.

Contact us here.

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)

Vision/Mission Statement/Beliefs

Be respected as a leading feminist agency in advocating for women’s equality and human rights at community and global levels.

Mission Statement
Provide women and girls over the age of 12 who have been abused, tortured and/or sexually assaulted by an intimate partner, sex buyer, sex trafficker or anyone within the workplace with immediate access to long term woman-centred, trauma informed counselling, support and advocacy.

The London Abused Women’s Centre believes:

  • Men’s violence against women is a symptom of women’s inequality. Addressing the systemic issues that deny women full equality rights under Section 15 of the 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 gender
  • The most dangerous place for women continues to be in their homes
  • The majority of men are not abusive; however, the majority of abusers are men
  • Relationships are not abusive, abusers are abusive
  • 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 and abuse against women requires advocating for personal, social and political change. The actions we take locally must have a positive impact on women and girls globally
  • Financial stability and accountability to its stakeholders, clients and the community

Prostitution Beliefs and Principles:

  • The London Abused Women’s Centre is an abolitionist agency that believes most women enslaved in the sex trade (pornography, prostitution, adult entertainment, body rub/massage parlours, “strip” clubs, escort services) are trafficked;
  • The London Abused Women’s Centre supports the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act;
  • The London Abused Women’s Centre does NOT believe women “choose” to be prostituted/trafficked. The agency believes it is the choice of men to rape, torture, exploit and violate trafficked women;
  • The London Abused Women’s Centre believes prostituted/trafficked women are victims of torture, rape, exploitation and other violations, and that appropriate and fully-funded resources must be allocated to provide exited women with women-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.

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While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and veracity of the information on this Website, London Abused Women's Centre ("LAWC") is not responsible in any way for any inaccuracy or for damages or loss whatsoever arising out of the use of this Website or the information provided on this Website. Further, LAWC makes no representations about the suitability of any of the information contained in the documents and related graphics on the Website for any purpose. LAWC reserves the right to discontinue, change or modify this Website at any time without notice.

Users are responsible for ensuring that any information they use is appropriate to their purposes. This information is not meant as a substitute for qualified professional advice. Users should continue to seek information from a qualified professional specific to the situation.

The material on this Website is provided as general information only and is not intended to provide specific legal, or health and safety related advice for any individual and should not be relied upon in that regard.

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