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.

 

 

 

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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:

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Asylum seekers' experiences of social services

In the Media

This Community Care article is based on interviews with members of the All African Women’s Group and Black Women’s Rape Action Project. The article exposes the hidden reality of how women seeking asylum from rape are increasingly facing an apartheid system of benefits, healthcare, housing and social services.
http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/2009/06/01/111690/asylum-seekers-experiences-of-social-services.html

01 June 2009 | Rowenna Davis Community | Care

Asylum seekers often complain that social services are not receptive to their cause. Rowenna Davis reports on obstacles faced by social workers and on organisations that help

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