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.




Refugee Council

Woman's appeal, raped by fellow volunteeer

"I was raped in 2005 by a man – a volunteer colleague who worked for the Refugee Council in the Day centre.
Neither the police or the Refugee Council took me seriously when I reported the rape. The Refugee Council told me it was my fault that I had let that happen to me and the police said I wasn’t raped.

I’m anxious that he doesn’t get away with attacking other women – if this has happened to you at Refugee Council please get in touch with WAR."


Stop collaborating with the most repressive and racist immigration laws ever

Open Letter to: Refugee Council, Refugee Arrivals Project, Refugee Action & other voluntary groups

The Immigration & Asylum Act 1999 imposed vouchers, forced dispersal and increasingly detention (imprisonment) of asylum seekers. The Home Office set up the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) giving £8m for two years to the Refugee Council and others to implement NASS policies – a form of privatisation. This new "Poor Law" costs more to administer than the benefits it denies asylum seekers; thousands of women, children and men are forced to live without cash and well below the poverty line. It has inflamed racism and opens the way to depriving everyone – single mothers, people with disabilities, homeless and older people - of cash benefits.


Response to Refugee Council’s letter in Times

In the Media

Dear Letters Editor,

That three main organisations supposed to protect the human rights of asylum seekers broadly welcome Blair's views (7 May 01 ) on asylum is frightening and potentially life threatening.

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