The Cassandra Centre (CC) is a registered charity based in Norbury, London SW16 which focuses on domestic violence and abuse amongst young people.
The charity was set up in 2007 after the tragic murder of Cassandra McDermott by her ex-boyfriend. Cassandra was only 19 years old.
Our main focus is to raise more awareness about the effects of domestic abuse on young people and to educate both young men and women about the risks and signs of domestic violence and abuse and to offer much needed support to those in need of assistance.
We aim to do this by:
- Raising awareness of domestic abuse in relationships amongst adolescents and young adults between the ages of 13 years to 25 years.
- Informing and educating young people about their sexual rights and how to have healthier relationships.
- Empowering young people to speak up and to seek help if they experiencing abuse in their relationships.
- Assisting and educating young people so that they stop any abusive behaviour.
- Providing updated information to educational services and youth centres through presentations, workshops and literature.
And as domestic abuse cuts across all barriers, there is no distinction between upbringing, age, ethnicity, social class or ability. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone so we offer support and help to survivors of domestic abuse and their families in many ways that include:
- Case work support for young people
- Referrals depending on need
- Risk Assessments
- Drop in sessions
- Training for professionals
- Mentoring sessions
- Coffee and chat mornings
- Homework hub
- Autism Support Group
- Workshops in schools, colleges, prisons and other settings
We are able to offer these services at our fantastic space in Norbury, SW London which has specialist rooms for counselling, one-to-one and group-work too. We also have a dedicated space at the Centre where young people can come to get support and to relax.