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.




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

That this House welcomes the petition by Women Against Rape calling on the Government to put the safety of women and children first by lifting the benefit cap so they are not trapped in violent relationships where they risk injury, trauma and even death; deplores that mothers and children fleeing domestic violence are impoverished by the cap after rent is paid, including in social housing, and are sometimes left with nil income; further deplores that even Child Benefit and many refuges and hostels for vulnerable women are not exempted from the cap; notes that many such families are forced to rely on discretionary housing payments from their local council which are temporary and uncertain; considers it unacceptable that local councils be expected to make up for cuts in national social security benefits; further notes that many victims of violence are unable to find a job immediately or to move to a cheaper area, and need time to recover and reassure distressed children, close to supportive friends and relatives; and calls on the Government to lift the cap to protect current and future potential victims of domestic violence.

Supported by

Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 22.01.2014
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 22.01.2014
Hermon, Lady INDEPENDENT North Down 27.01.2014
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 22.01.2014
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 23.01.2014
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 22.01.2014
Russell, Bob Liberal Democrats Colchester 23.01.2014
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 23.01.2014