Anyone can experience domestic violence regardless of race, ethnic or religious group, socio-economic status, disability or lifestyle. However, women most commonly experience it and most perpetrators are men. Other family members other than the partner or husband can also carry out abuse e.g. extended family members such as in laws.
Types of Abuse - These include: physical violence, emotional abuse and financial control.
Statistics on Domestic Violence
1 in 4 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime
On average a woman will experience 35 incidents of domestic abuse before reporting to the police.
The police in the UK receive one call from the public every minute for assistance for domestic violence
Domestic violence accounts for about 16% of recorded violent crime
Why Don't Women Seek Help? Violence against women continues to remain under reported. Women find it difficult to come forward and report abuse and the reasons can vary such as: as fear of consequences; blaming themselves; not realizing they are victims; not being aware of the help available; being isolated from family and friends and not being able to reach help; worried about finances; and hoping the partner may change.
Cultural Barriers Asian / Muslim women face additional cultural barriers that prevent them from seeking help such as fear of dishonoring family, shame, stigma, taboo and being rejected by the community. Also women in these communities are expected to suffer in silence. So when they ask for help from family, friends and religious leaders, they are usually advised to be patient and / or pray for their situation to change. They are also usually blamed for any problem within the family including the violence and abuse they are subjected to. This fear of blame can also prevent women from coming forward and getting the help they need. Domestic violence is therefore under reported in Asian / Muslim communities. For some women it is too late to ask for help and are being murdered by their husbands or other family members as seen in a number of cases featured in the media. There is also anecdotal evidence that some women are being taken abroad to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh on the pretense of a family holiday so they can be murdered there to cover up the crime.
Spouses from Abroad Spouses from abroad who are in a relationship with a British citizen or a person settled in the UK and that relationship breaks down as a result of domestic violence, the victim may be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK and access financial assistance by accessing public funds. To be given permission, victims must prove they are suffering from domestic violence.
Legal Protection - You must always call 999 when in immediate danger
Criminal Law - There is no specific offence of 'domestic violence' under criminal law. However, many forms of domestic violence are crimes; for example, offences such as assault, false imprisonment, harassment, rape, criminal damage, and attempted murder may be applied.
Civil Law - Victims can get protection from abuse under civil law through a court order (called an injunction or protection order). These orders can help prevent further abuse to the survivor and her children, remove the abuser from the home and keep him away.
Legal Aid Victims of domestic violence and are divorcing or separating from an abusive partner can get legal aid to help. This can help with the divorce or things such as child contact or how to share money or property. To get legal aid victims must be able to give the solicitor some evidence that they have been a victim of domestic violence by their partner or husband. Eligibility to legal aid also depends on the victim's financial circumstances.
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Find national and local organisations
0845 960 6011
Accommodation for Asian Women without children who are suffering violence or oppression in Bradford.
0114 255 5740 (24 hour helpline)
Specialist Support for BME Women (+ trafficking) - outreach and refuge.
An independent counsellor carries out the home visits. Waiting time for counselling ‐ 2 weeks upwards (depending on the client and counsellors other commitments). This service offers counselling to children/young people 15 years upwards.
Provide help with accommodation for women and children in a secure refuge. Help to access the right services e.g. benefits, solicitors, housing advice. Support to attend appointments or case conferences.
outreachPT@chadd.org.uk or outreachTL@chadd.org.uk
Specialist services for women and their children from all BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence. KABWWA provides a 24 hour confidential service to black and Asian women, with or without children, as well as white women with dual heritage children.KABWWA offers temporary, emergency accommodation (refuge) as well as information and support.
Manchester Womens Aid
0161 660 7999
MWA offer support for men, women and children suffering abuse.
St. Johns Church
St. Johns Road
Birmingham B11 4RG
National Centre for Domestic Violence
0844 8044 999
Provides a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation. The service allows anyone to apply for an injunction within 24 hours of first contact (in most circumstances).
Sheffield Area Refuge and Support
0114 242 6887
Provides accommodation including to women with children.
Telford Women's Refuge
01952 381921 (call may divert and male call centre person may answer)
provides both practical and emotional support services to women and children who are affected by domestic violence and homelessness. Provide accommodation and community based services to women and children.
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