Respond Advocacy and Support for Young Women with Autism or Learning Disabilities-Gender Based Violence Service

Respond is a charity that supports adults and children with learning disabilities and/or autism who have experienced abuse and trauma, mainly through psychotherapy, advocacy and campaigning.

As part of the ISVA service, my role as Young Women's Specialist Advocate is to support young women and girls (age 13 to 25) with learning disabilities or autism (or both) who are victims/survivors of gender-based violence. The specialist support addresses the specific needs of the YWG, from advocating and support through the CJS, representation in multi-agency meetings and safety planning, to prevention and education around safety, consent and healthy relationships (please find attached referral form)

Due to the current Covid-19 crisis, we launched an online chat service to support young women from 18 to 25 (who have a LD, ASD or both). The chat is for any young women at risk of violence, feel isolated or just want to reach out to someone about their concerns. This service will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 4pm.

For more information or to refer:


Eliana Riccardi

Young Women's Specialist Advocate

M: 07599673249

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