women are raped in England and Wales every year


of BME women who seek support for violence report to the police


BME and migrant women are 3 times more likely to commit suicide than other women in the UK

Ashiana Sheffield has over 30 years’ experience working with Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BMER) adults, children and young people fleeing domestic and sexual abuse, including forced marriage, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, gang violence and ‘honour’ based violence.


Sisters For Change worked with Ashiana from 2015-2017 on a legal accountability project focusing on four local authority areas across England. In November 2017, Sisters For Change, Ashiana, Apna Haq (Rotherham), Angelou Centre (Newcastle), LBWP (London), and Panaghar (Coventry) launched a joint reportUnequal Regard, Unequal Protection: Public authority responses to violence against BME women in England, to evidence the chronic failure of public authorities to respond to violence against BME women and girls in England.