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. At the beginning of 2021 Black Women’s Rape Action Project combined forces with WAR as our perspectives and work methods are as one. We have now completed this merger bringing together two organisations with years of experience in self-help campaigning and collective support work.
We provide rights information and provide 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. See more about our work with women seeking asylum on our Refuge from Rape and Destitution blog.
We are one of the four founding member groups of Global Women Against Deportations, a powerful platform to express our core message which underlies all our campaigning on how the hostile environment impacts specifically on women and a useful collaboration enabling us to convey what we stand for.
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.
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.