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.





Children of domestic abuse victims increasingly being taken into care

Family Rights Group claims cuts to local domestic abuse services are putting families at risk of being split up

Patrick Butler
The Guardian, Wednesday 15 January 2014

Children with a parent who suffers from domestic violence are increasingly likely to be at risk of being taken into care, a charity claims.

The Family Rights Group says that cuts to local domestic abuse and family support services, compounded by welfare reforms, mean families are more likely to be split up because they can no longer get specialist help. Data suggests that domestic violence has outstripped parental mental illness or drug and alcohol misuse as the most common underlying factor behind child protection intervention.


Victim of rape and domestic violence refuses to be gagged by Social Services attempting to put her children up for adoption

There is a hearing today, Thursday 24 October, brought by Social Services to impose a gagging order onto a mother whose partner was imprisoned for raping her. Social services want her two children adopted, against her will, and say that her speaking out as a victim of rape and domestic violence will put off prospective adoptive parents. The mother is challenging the gagging order aimed at facilitating the adoption.

In her support WAR is picketing the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand at 9.45am.

Social Services claim that the mother is unfit after suffering domestic violence and rape by the childrens’ father, and that she is ‘emotionally unstable’, despite medical evidence confirming that she has the normal response of a rape victim. They are trying to prevent this woman from protesting publicly to call attention to the injustice she is facing.

Lisa Longstaff of WAR says:


Press release: protest rape and racism

PRESS RELEASE: Black Women’s Rape Action Project & Women Against Rape

Sentencing of the Oxford rapists
Women protest both rape and racism.
Police and social workers also trashed victims – will they be prosecuted?

Old Bailey, London, 26 June 2013, 10-12 noon Tel 020 7482 2496

Seven men will be sentenced for 43 offences – ranging from rape and conspiracy to rape to supplying Class A drugs to using an instrument to procure a miscarriage – against six underage girls. But what about the police officers and social workers whose refusal to act enabled these rapes? Will they be prosecuted for aiding and abetting rape? Were they involved in other ways? Is that why they didn’t act against rape? Or is it their bias against working class children and against rape victims generally?


Savile, Rochdale, Wales, Jersey . . . Justice this time? Or more ‘lessons’ in how to get away with rape?

In the Media

Complicity followed by incompetence in the Savile case landed the BBC in deep waters, to the delight of those who wish to undermine public broadcasting and to the chagrin of the taxpayer who foots the bill. 

But let’s not take our eye off the ball and forget all those others who are culpable. Eileen Fairweather is right to be sceptical of Home Secretary Theresa May’s inquiry into North Wales care homes; and Tom Watson MP has already dismissed it as "the next stage of a cover-up".  As Keith Gregory, one of the survivors, pointed out: “It’s police investigating police and a judge investigating a judge. Will it be any different or do they all stick together?”  


Report: Women's Hunger Strike - Louder than Words


When 70 women went on hunger strike in Yarl’s Wood IRC on 5 February, an unprecedented level of media coverage followed. Rape survivors, mothers separated from their children, and other vulnerable women, some of whom had been detained without trial for months (one for over a year), spoke publicly to complain about the conditions they suffered, why they were driven to protest, and how they resisted official attempts to deny and subvert their action.

On 29 June, a packed meeting in the House of Commons hosted by John McDonnell MP, and chaired by Stella Mpaka, All African Women’s Group (AAWG) and Cristel Amiss, Black Women’s Rape Action Project (BWRAP) brought together: women central to the hunger strike, legal and medical professionals, family members of women still detained and a wide range of other organisations and individuals.


URGENT ACTION: End the Detention of Familes

Dear friends,

Over 80 people attended the House of Commons meeting Women’s Hunger Strike – Louder than Words (29 June 2010) which succeeded in making public how women seeking asylum are spearheading the movement against the injustice of the asylum system (and other injustices), and in gathering support for these efforts. We will be publishing a report shortly.

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