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Women Against Rape (WAR) is a grassroots multi-racial women’s group founded in 1976 and based at the Crossroads Women’s Centre in London.

We provide rights information, support and advocacy. We take up individual cases on the basis of collective self-help.

We campaign for justice, protection and compensation for all women and girls who have suffered sexual, domestic and/or racist violence. This includes survivors of any age, race and nationality, asylum seekers, women with disabilities, trans women, sex workers.

We have won changes in the law such as making rape in marriage a crime. We have set legal precedents such as the first private prosecution for rape, after the authorities refused to bring a rapist of two sex workers to court.

Report on poverty & violence, July 2021.

Report on women's resistance in detention, 2005-2015.

We know this is a very difficult time for many people. We are responding to calls and emails, although it may take us a bit longer than usual. If you are suffering domestic violence or rape please call the police if it’s an emergency on 999.  You can call the 24-hour Domestic Violence helpline on 0808 2000 247 for help with urgent accommodation and other issues.

By BWRAP | 28 November 2022

#GivingTuesday 29 November Fundraising drive now held open til 31 December Dear Friends and Supporters, We write to ask for a donation towards our work. This is a really hard time for most of us who are facing ever rising prices, low pay and even lower benefits. As a result, many more women and children …

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By WomenAgainstRape | 20 November 2022

Activists respond to news that a man died after his health deteriorated in Manston Please see another important press release below from Action Against Detention & Deportations.  The death of a man who spent a week incarcerated in Manston detention camp means that a mother has lost her precious son.  The immigration authorities remain suspiciously …

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By BWRAP | 5 November 2022

‘SHUT MANSTON DOWN’: GROUPS DEMAND END TO DETENTION CAMP Dear friends, Please see the important press release below from Action Against Detention & Deportations. We are part of this coalition which helped expose the conditions that children, women and men are enduring in Manston detention camp. We would be glad for your help in circulating the …

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By WomenAgainstRape | 22 September 2022

Revealed: Met police strip-searched 650 children in two-year period Appropriate adults were often absent during the search, and the majority of children were innocent Police data showed that in almost a quarter of cases, an appropriate adult was not present during the strip search Sally Weale and Vikram Dodd Guardian Mon 8 Aug 2022 00.06 BST The children’s …

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By BWRAP | 8 September 2022

Action Against Detention & Deportations Saturday 10 September, we will be protesting at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Centre to close down detention centres, #StopRwandaplan; the Borders Act which attacks everyone’s right to asylum and protection in the UK. We’re helping organise protests as part of Action Against Detention & Deportations – more details here https://linktr.ee/nodeportations. Last weekend …

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By WomenAgainstRape | 1 September 2022

Survivors of childhood abuse campaign for compensation NADJA, by Leila Hawkins 15/07/2022 Read on NADJA site here People who have experienced childhood abuse in the UK are being denied compensation by a punitive law. Survivors are now campaigning to change this. When *Lucy was 11 years old her grandfather began sexually abusing her. For the …

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By WomenAgainstRape | 1 September 2022

How UK police are failing to protect women NADJA newsletter asked WAR to write this article. To see it published on NADJA’s site click here 09/07/2022 Lisa Longstaff from Women Against Rape writes about how the UK police force is enabling an epidemic of violence against women.  In June a partially leaked report revealed that …

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By WomenAgainstRape | 11 July 2022

MOJ consultation – Victims must not be denied compensation because we have a criminal conviction. Dear friends Ministry of Justice consultation on compensation  Please send your views urgently to this consultation – by 5 August 2022 deadline.  Victims of rape, sexual assault and other violent crimes must not de denied compensation because we have a criminal …

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By BWRAP | 24 June 2022

The deportation flight to Rwanda was stopped – a victory for our movement which protested, petitioned and lobbied outside detention centres, the Home Office and around the UK. Legal appeals were bolstered and lawyers hopefully emboldened resulting in the European Court of Human Rights ruling at the last minute that people making an asylum claim …

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By WomenAgainstRape | 23 June 2022

Submission to Sentencing Council’s Consultation on Perverting the Course of Justice Guidelines 22 June 2022 Introduction WAR is a multiracial grassroots women’s organisation set up in 1976. It provides practical support to victims of all types of sexual and domestic violence, and it campaigns for changes in the systems of criminal justice, asylum and compensation. …

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