BAWSO was established in 1995 in response to particular concerns in Wales about BME women and children being made homeless through a threat of domestic abuse. In the early stages effort was focused on rapidly establishing refuges as places of safety with accompanying support services.
Services included, and still include, direct one to one support to BME women and their families housed in refuge accommodation to ensure that they progress towards re-establishing their lives and moving on to better housing and life opportunities.
The organisation now delivers a wide range of support services to BME people throughout Wales which include other forms of violence such as Forced marriage; Honour based violence, FGM, trafficking and prostitution.
BAWSO is a Welsh Government Accredited Support Provider and has attained both the Quality Mark and Investors in People Award. The services are provided from offices in Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and Wrexham.