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.




Model letter on the Welfare Reform Bill


I am very worried about the Welfare Reform Bill. In particular, I am concerned that it would (ADD ANY OF THE FOLLOWING POINTS AND YOUR OWN VIEWS OR EXPERIENCES)

* Force traumatised women escaping domestic violence to look for a job or face sanctions.

* Abolish Income Support. The Welfare Reform Bill treats mothers as “workless”, ignoring their vital caring work. Income Support is a crucial entitlement ensuring the basic human right to survive -- for mothers, other carers who cannot get Carers’ Allowance, those they care for, victims of domestic violence and other vulnerable people, young and old.

* Bring in compulsory joint birth registration, which grants violent ex-partners greater rights over the child and unwanted involvement with the mother. 30% of women have suffered domestic violence. Mothers who refuse to name the father if “good cause” is not accepted could be fined, or even imprisoned for seven years for deliberately giving false information. These powers are worse than the notorious Child Support Act which impoverished and terrorised many single mother families until it was finally abolished.

* Bring in “work for your benefits”, i.e. for £1.73 an hour. This is a shocking attack on the minimum wage which would drive all wages down, but first of all that of those most dependent on the minimum wage: women. Single mothers, people with disabilities, people over 60, people of colour, and others whom employers discriminate against, will be disproportionately affected.

* Force mothers of young children into “work-related activity” or to “progress towards work” as a condition of receiving benefit, and compel both unemployed parents of young children to be available for work. This disregards children’s need for caring work and their parents’ right to choose what is best for their children and themselves.

* Treat carers as job seekers. Carers’ unwaged work saves the government £87bn a year. They are assured that rules will be softened for them, but no such assurance is written into the Bill. Forcing carers into work will have a wide impact on those they care for: children, people with disabilities, older people and people with an addiction to drink or drugs.

I respectfully ask that you support amendments which deal with these important issues, in the Grand Committee stage of the Bill starting on Tuesday 9 June.