Women’s ProjectAddressing the asylum support needs of vulnerable female asylum seekers

Women seeking asylum: safe from violence in the UK? 

ASAP and the Refugee Council have produced a joint research report: 

Women seeking asylum: safe from violence in the UK?

This is a ground-breaking piece of research which focuses specifically on how the Home Office system of financial support and accommodation for women (the asylum support system) reacts to women seeking asylum who are experiencing, or at risk of, domestic violence and other forms of gender based violence. It builds on policy work that ASAP and the Refugee Council have been jointly working on for many years. 

It draws, primarily, from survey results from specialist asylum support advisors across the UK. The report will help ASAP and the Refugee Council to continue pushing for an asylum support response that meets women's safety needs in the UK. 

Why do we have a women’s project at ASAP?

The Women’s Project was set up in response to the particular difficulties that women asylum seekers, who are in need of financial support and accommodation, face while in the UK. In common with men, they often face issues of poor mental and physical health. For women, however, this is exacerbated by:

What do we do?

We work to reduce destitution and its associated risks among women asylum seekers. We do this by:

How can we help you and your organisation?


If you would like to refer a female client who has an appeal at the asylum support tribunal, please click here.
If you have questions about supporting a female asylum seeker or refused asylum seeker around asylum support, please ring our Advice Line on:

T: 020 3716 0283 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2-4pm.  

Specialist training and advice

Our women’s legal advisor (Alice Webb) is able to offer free, bespoke training around the UK on the asylum support system. She has a particular remit to offer free training to women’s organisations (particularly domestic violence services) and to other services which predominantly support women. This includes health professionals such as midwives and health visitors. Please click here to contact Alice. Or you can telephone her on:  020 3716 0284

For more information about how the asylum support system impacts on women, have a look at our powerful video about one of our clients:

We are incredibly grateful to Comic Relief for their funding and support of our Women's project.