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.




Woman raped and robbed was initially refused award because of prostitution convictions, but wins £4,000 on appeal

Success story

On 12 March 1996 a women who was violently attacked, raped and robbed won £4,000 compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (CICB). The CICB had initially refused her compensation because she had convictions related to prostitution. The rapist was imprisoned but the CICB turned down her compensation in spite of recognizing that her convictions “have nothing whatsoever to do with the incident”. In using its discretionary powers to deny or reduce compensation in this way, the CICB is increasingly out of step with public opinion. Paragraph 6(c) on Character and Conduct must to be dropped from the CICB guidelines. Compensation should not be based on evidence about the victim’s occupation or “way of life”, sex, race, class, disability, immigration or other legal status, age, sexual preference, etc.