Here are some very informative and useful links:
To check your symptoms – https://patient.info/
The following are good for Professional Counselling & help
The following are good reading material links:
The following are good video links, worth watching:
We are keen to have any ideas, from anyone who either is going through these experiences themselves or knows someone that is, as together we can make a difference.
If we know someone is facing any of the situtions, it is not about sitting back and doing our own thing, for helping is rewarding and we must remember, if we were in their shoes, would we like to be ignored?!
Togther we can challenge and fight it.
Any more ideas to add to the following, then please email us at; firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health Awareness
Social Media (the new religion)
Religion v Culture
If you have an idea for areas to cover that we’ve missed, then don’t hold on to that thought. Please tell us, we’ll add and share with all, because remember, SHARING IS CARING!!! By you sharing your thoughts on what else effects you are aware of, you are caring for others by making them aware of help that is out there.
We also intend to work with:
Black, Minority Ethnic (BME) Communities
Victims/survivors of domestic abuse from BME Communities may experience additional barriers to disclosing abuse and seeking support. As a result, abuse may escalate. Research by the NSPCC suggests that victims from BME communities continue to live in abusive situations for longer, which negatively impacts the victim and children living in households.
Some religious and cultural communities may encourage men and women to fulfil roles specific to their gender, which may encourage rigid expectations and pressure to comply. Though some individuals may use cultural practices as an excuse to exert pressure and control, abuse is never an accepted practice.
The violence and abuse can be perpetrated by not only the spouse or partner but also by the extended families and the community. Family and community members may be complicit in this abuse or may wish to deal with it by themselves and not involve other agencies.
BME victims experiencing domestic violence and abuse may be reluctant or prevented from seeking help for many reasons:
- Language barriers
- Fear they will not be believed or understood
- Limited access to or little knowledge of finances
- Lack of awareness of what constitutes domestic abuse and the impact this has on their children
- Lack of awareness of the laws governing Domestic abuse and the response they can expect from police/courts/services
- Fear of discrimination by statutory services, such as police and social services, based upon previous experiences or beliefs
- Fear of being sent back overseas which could cause further shame to the family’s honour
- Fear about their children’s (mainly daughters) ability or prospect to marry
- Fear they will become isolated from family and community bonds if they seek help/leave relationship
- Concern that professionals may normalise abuse within their background or culture
- Fear they may lose residency in the UK, where immigration status is an issue. See No Recourse to Public Funds.
Specialist Domestic Abuse Services are trained to understand and respond effectively to the complex range of fears and barriers victims from BME communities may experience.
Culturally specific programmes and group activities can be accessed which aim to recognise the above concerns, as well as safe and impartial language interpretation services where needed. Local Specialist Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Support Providers, provide leaflets in a range of community languages. This can be accessed via the UAVA Website. The following poster may be helpful for practitioners wishing to confirm the language spoken by an individual .
For more information and resources see:
- Home Office guide in a range of languages on escaping domestic violence and abuse
- Women’s Aid: Women from BME Communities
- Women’s Aid Survivor’s Handbook – Community Language Versions
- Domestic Abuse from a BME perspective (BAWSO)