This is the joint website of  Women Against Rape and Black Women's Rape Action Project. Both organisations are based on self-help and provide support, legal information and advocacy. We campaign for justice and protection for all women and girls, including asylum seekers, who have suffered sexual, domestic and/or racist violence.

WAR was founded in 1976. It has won changes in the law, such as making rape in marriage a crime, set legal precedents and achieved compensation for many women. BWRAP was founded in 1991. It focuses on getting justice for women of colour, bringing out the particular discrimination they face. It has prevented the deportation of many rape survivors. Both organisations are multiracial.




Against Welfare Reform

Panic room woman challenges bedroom tax

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Judicial review challenge will argue that tax is discriminatory and will have devastating impact on abused woman and her son

Owen Bowcott, legal affairs correspondent

The Guardian, Tuesday 18 November 2014 17.38 GMT

A woman whose council home has been fitted with a secure panic room to protect her from a violent ex-partner is going to court on Wednesday to challenge the government’s so-called bedroom tax.


UPDATE - court ruling soon on domestic violence challenge to benefit cap

Court ruling expected soon on domestic violence challenge to the total Benefit Cap

On Tuesday 29 April, Women Against Rape and others held a vigil outside the UK Supreme Court in Parliament Square, to support the legal challenge to the government’s “total Benefit Cap”. The Cap, which limits a family’s total benefit to £500 per week, including rent and Child Benefit, traps women and children in violent relationships – a violent man in waged work is not capped, but the woman who leaves him, is. We went in to monitor the case, and anxiously await the outcome – the ruling is expected soon.


Ask you MP to sign: Early day motion 980: Women and Children Suffering Domestic Violence and the Benefit Cap

Session: 2013-14
Date tabled: 22.01.2014
Primary sponsor: McDonnell, John

Sponsors: Corbyn, Jeremy Durkan, Mark Ritchie, Margaret Shannon, Jim Meale, Alan


The benefit cap is supporting state child abuse

In the Media

As a family brings a legal challenge to the £500 limit, the treatment of mothers in violent relationships is brought into sharp relief


Scrap the Benefit Cap which Traps Women and Children in Violent Relationships

Target: UK Parliament


benefit_cap_2_oct_war.jpgWe ask organisations and individuals to support women and children impoverished by the Benefit Cap after escaping violent relationships. A legal challenge on behalf of affected families will be heard in the Court of Appeal in early 2014. Protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice

Solicitor Rebekah Carrier describes the Cap as ‘catastrophic, cruel and arbitrary’.


Legal Challenge vs Benefit Cap by women fleeing domestic violence

Wed 2 Oct 2013 – Women Against Rape supports
families’ legal challenge vs total benefit cap
which puts women’s and children’s lives in danger

9.30 a.m. Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London WC2A 2LL, Holborn tube


Abused women need support, not more consultation

In the Media

Plans to redefine domestic violence are disingenuous given the cuts to services that abused women need

Lisa Longstaff, Saturday 17 December 2011 11.00 GMT
view this article on Guardian Comment is Free

Domestic violence must become a priority for policing and financial support.


Letter to Lib Dem conference 2011 re Motion F26 'Tackling violence against women'

Motion F26 ‘Tackling Violence Against Women’, 19 September 2011

We are glad that the Liberal Democrats are highlighting some important issues that Women Against Rape has been working on for a number of years. These issues are: the rights of rape survivors seeking asylum; an end to the criminalisation of children in prostitution; an end to the prosecution of rape victims accused of making a false allegation; and an end to the imprisonment of women for non-violent offences.

Specifically, we urge Conference to support Section 2 of Motion F26: ‘Protecting victims’. 
[See Lib Dem Motion F26 on p30 of the Conference Agenda]


Welfare Reform Bill denies full protection to women and children fleeing violence, and increases danger from ex-partners.

Sign below to stop these measures

The government and its Minister for Women Harriet Harman have made a great show of their commitment to support women against domestic violence. But measures in the Welfare Reform Bill which give traumatised victims of domestic violence only brief respite from the job-seeking requirement, and grant ex-partners more rights over children to prolong their hurtful and dangerous involvement, prove otherwise.

We urge you to help stop these uncaring measures before they become law. Please add your name to the statement at the end, and circulate to others concerned with women and children’s safety.

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