Assistance and
Advocacy Centre for Eastern European

Ending loneliness and isolation, changing the future.


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initiative is she. provides culturally sensitive support for disadvantaged group of Eastern European Minority women in Scotland.

It includes women from the former Eastern Bloc countries: Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, as well as the Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

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Domestic Abuse Assistance

It can be argued that the Eastern European Minority women’s experience of domestic abuse can be intensified by the fact that they are no longer in the country of their birth and may no longer have recognised support networks.

EEM women may also be unable to speak the English language. Therefore, the way of accessing support for domestic abuse victims amongst Eastern European Minority women in Scotland should be viewed in the context of the social processes associated with their migration experience.

If their needs are unknown, this is a potential area of growth in terms of health and social care issues.

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Ex-offenders Advocacy and Support

Approximately 11% of women in prison in UK are foreign nationals. Some are known to have been coerced into offending or trafficked.

In September 2018 approximately 60% of foreign national women in prison in UK were from Europe, with largest groups from Romania, Poland and Ireland.

We offer a wide range of services to support ex-offenders.

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Support for EEM women
involved in prostitution
and for those who consider
exiting prostitution

In most cases, prostitution is not a conscious and calculated choice. Most women who become prostitutes do so because they were forced or coerced by a pimp or by human trafficking, or, when it is an independent decision, it is generally the result of extreme poverty and lack of opportunity, or of serious underlying problems, such as drug addiction, past trauma (such as child sexual abuse) and other unfortunate circumstances.

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What we do

Drop-in Service
Individual Support
Small Group Support
Advocacy Service
Peer Mentoring

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