Over the last 12 months, Sisters For Change, in partnership with The Manchester Maya Project, a consortium of specialist BME VAW service providers, has conducted extensive research to examine local authority approaches and responses to domestic abuse; commissioning and funding of domestic abuse services across Greater Manchester. Working directly with three specialist BME VAW support services – Saheli, Wai Yin and Ananna – we have documented the experiences of BME women victims of domestic abuse living in Manchester and the challenges they face in accessing statutory services and support in Manchester. We have reviewed a wide range of cases to assess how local authorities and welfare and health services in Manchester respond to BME women victims of domestic abuse. Our case evidence raises serious questions as to the compliance of local services with their homelessness, safeguarding, equality and human rights duties in relation to BME women victims of domestic abuse.
In publishing this report, Sisters For Change and The Manchester Maya Project partners seek in the short term to inform the development of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Violence Against Women and Girls strategy (due to be published later in 2019) and Manchester City Council’s current review of its approach to commissioning domestic abuse services and in the longer term to improve and strengthen responses to BME women victims of violence by local authorities and statutory agencies across Greater Manchester.
In partnership with The Manchester Maya Project