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BME

Specialist support for black and minority ethnic women and girls aged 16+ affected by domestic or sexual violence or abuse. This includes those at risk of forced marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM), so called ‘honour’ based violence (HBV) and other harmful practices.

Children in your family may also be affected, directly or indirectly. We can help.

You are not alone. We understand, and we believe you.

National 24hr Domestic Abuse Helpline (interpreters available) 0808 2000 247

National Rape Crisis Helpline 0808 802 9999

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Domestic abuse can happen to anyone from any background. Domestic abuse can be physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or financial abuse in an intimate or family type relationship. It includes stalking and harassment, forced marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM), so-called ‘honour’ based abuse, control of your immigration status or other harmful practices. The abuse can be from your partner or ex-partner; from your own family or your partner/spouse’s family. Rarely a one-off incident, domestic abuse forms a pattern of coercive, controlling behaviour which can get worse over time. BME women can experience additional barriers to accessing services such as stereotyping and racism. Sexual abuse is any form of unwanted sexual activity. It includes rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse and any other sexual contact or behaviour that happens without consent.

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Forced Marriage, Honour Based Abuse and Other Harmful Practices Support:

Forced Marriage Unit – 0207 008 0151
Karma Nirvana – 0800 5999 247
Southall Black Sisters – 0208 571 0800
IKWRO (Help for Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls) – 0207 920 6460

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Support:

FGM 24hr NSPCC Helpline – 0800 028 3550
Forward – 0208 960 4000 ext. 1