Violence against women in the UK is widespread and severely underreported. Gender based violence and domestic violence are particularly prevalent, with nearly a third of women in the UK who have been in a relationship having experienced physical or sexual violence. The pervasive culture of silence around abuse of women and girls results in a lack of prosecutions and convictions of perpetrators.
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), refugee and migrant women in the UK experience some of the highest levels of violence. BAME women experience higher rates of domestic homicide and are three times more likely to commit suicide than other women in the UK, and 50% of BAME women victims of violence experience abuse from multiple perpetrators. In addition, 40% of BAME women live in poverty, have experience of the State care system and have suffered institutional discrimination and racism.
Sisters For Change has been partnering with BAME frontline violence against women and girls (VAWG) service providers across five regions in the UK since 2015.