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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.

Find all our news and tweets here.
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Report on women's resistance in detention, 2005-2015.
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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.

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Christmas Appeal 2023 for destitute women asylum seekers

By WomenAgainstRape | 22 November 2023

Christmas Appeal 2023 for destitute women asylum seekers Dear friends, Each year as Christmas approaches, Legal Action for Women organises an appeal for destitute women and children in All African Women’s Group (AAWG) – the self-help group of women asylum seekers based with us at the Crossroads Women’s Centre, the charity running the Centre, is administering the …

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In the media: We ran for our lives, now the Home Office has the power of life or death over us

By WomenAgainstRape | 5 July 2023

Excellent article published by Bail for Immigration Detainees “On International Women’s Day, a member of All African Women’s Group shares their exhausting battle to claim asylum & access legal advice in the UK – three months later she’s still struggling to find a lawyer.” Read it in full here by clicking on the image below.

In the media: Letters to the Canary: Against Scotland’s proposed rule to exclude juries from rape trials.

By WomenAgainstRape | 1 July 2023

Scotland removing juries from rape trials? I strongly disagree with the proposal to take away juries from rape trials in Scotland because of my own experiences. In 2005, my 15-year-old daughter was raped and it went to trial in 2006. The police investigation was incompetent and they lost vital evidence. For example, it came to light during …

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Published letter, The fight for justice goes on, Camden New Journal

By BWRAP | 18 May 2023

Published letter, The fight for justice goes on, Camden New Journal Letters Editor Camden New Journal: Thank you for raising the question “Can the Met be trusted with their new powers?” From our experience as organisations campaigning for protection and justice, the answer is a resounding No. But we must ask, why is an institution found …

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Lisa Longstaff from WAR on BBC Radio

By WomenAgainstRape | 6 April 2023

Lisa Longstaff from WAR on BBC Radio London 9:20am, 6 April 2023, interviewed by Kath Melandri, on the latest progress report by Sir Mark Rowley, Commissioner of the Met Police, on rape and domestic abuse by Met officers.  

Press: Letter in Camden New Journal “Reasons why policing must change”

By WomenAgainstRape | 30 March 2023

Press: Letter in Camden New Journal 

Press: Chilling Met report has no surprises for campaigners

By WomenAgainstRape | 23 March 2023

Damning report finds institutional racism, sexism and homophobia exists in city police force…

Cristel Amiss interview with The No Walls Podcast

By BWRAP | 8 March 2023

Crissie Amiss on “The No Walls” Podcast In celebration of International Women’s Day 2023, the No Walls Podcast asked Cristel Amiss – joint coordinator of Women Against Rape – to speak with them. Cristel has had a remarkable three decade career, where she has constantly and fearlessly advocated for marginalised women and survivors of gender …

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Press: London Police officer sentenced to Life for Rape and Sexual Abuse.

By WomenAgainstRape | 9 February 2023

Press: David Carrick had pleaded guilty to 49 crimes against 12 women in the latest case to cast a harsh spotlight on the Metropolitan Police.  Activists gathering for a protest outside Southwark Crown Court in London on Monday during the sentencing trial of David Carrick, a former police officer.Credit…Wiktor Szymanowicz/Anadolu Agency, via Getty Images New …

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Press: Scrap plans to give cops more power, say women as David Carrick is jailed for life.

By WomenAgainstRape | 8 February 2023

Scrap plans to give cops more power, say women as David Carrick jailed for life.  By Anita Mureithi for Open Democracy.  7 February 2023. A Met officer has been locked up for dozens of rapes. Yet Suella Braverman’s priority is clamping down on protesters. Protesters gather outside Southwark Crown Court for the sentencing of serial …

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