This is the joint website of  Women Against Rape and Black Women's Rape Action Project. Both organisations are based on self-help and provide support, legal information and advocacy. We campaign for justice and protection for all women and girls, including asylum seekers, who have suffered sexual, domestic and/or racist violence.

WAR was founded in 1976. It has won changes in the law, such as making rape in marriage a crime, set legal precedents and achieved compensation for many women. BWRAP was founded in 1991. It focuses on getting justice for women of colour, bringing out the particular discrimination they face. It has prevented the deportation of many rape survivors. Both organisations are multiracial.

 

 

 

Women Against Rape

Grassroots multi-racial women's group founded in 1976. Offers counselling, support, legal advocacy and information to women and girls who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

WAR speaking 23 May at screening of The Invisible War

 sidebar_img.jpgThe Invisible War
Directed by Kirby Dick, USA, 2012, 93m documentary

This Oscar®-nominated documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Kirby Dick exposes one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the US military. Victims often find themselves ostracised and pressured into remaining silent. The film investigates the institutions that perpetuate these issues, as well as looking at their profound personal and social consequences. This is not a movie that can be ignored. – The New York Times See trailer

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Hampstead mother’s campaign to change law on domestic violence reaches United Nations

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Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

by Tom Marshall
Friday, April 18, 2014
8:00 AM
Ham & High
http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/court-crime/hampstead_mother_s_campaign_to...

A mother’s campaign to scrap a legal time limit that is robbing countless domestic violence victims of justice has been taken to the United Nations.

Kentish Town pressure group Women Against Rape (WAR) has submitted evidence to the UN’s special rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, on how the six-month limit on common assault charges protects many domestic abusers and is harming justice in Britain.

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Latest news on Noela Claye

 image001.jpgMs Claye speaking outside the Houses of Parliament, Friday 7 March, at a 1000 strong demonstration organised by Justice Alliance, against the legal aid cuts.  

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26 March in Parliament, Stop the criminalisation of sex work

Women Against Rape invites you to this exciting meeting in Parliament on 26 March, which we are supporting in the interests of women’s safety. The meeting is organized by the English Collective of Prostitutes. As you may know, sex workers are saying increased criminalization endangers women because the threat of arrest further deters them from reporting violence to the police. Having worked with sex workers trying to get protection and justice after rape and domestic violence, WAR will speak at the meeting about what can be done.
We urge you to come along and hear the arguments
 

More info here: http://prostitutescollective.net/2014/03/03/3618/ 

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How the UK government flouts its obligations under CEDAW, and future obligations under the Istanbul Convention in relation to VAWG.

Evidence to Joint Select Human Rights Committee Inquiry into Violence Against Women and Girls 
From Women Against Rape

 

1. Refusal to prosecute rapists including violent partners

“In the 12 months to March 2013 there were about 10,000 recorded rapes of adults in England and Wales, and about 6,000 recorded rapes of children.
Only 1,820 (18%) of those recorded rape allegations led to a "sanction detection" in which an offender was charged or cautioned for the offence, and 1,423 (12%) of cases were "no crimed". [“Police 'culture of disbelief' over rape claims alarms official monitoring group”, Alan Travis, The Guardian, 31 January 2014.]

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How the UK Government flouts its obligations under CEDAW, and future obligations under the Istanbul Convention

 
This submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights Enquiry into Violence against women and girls is the joint work of Black Women's Rape Action Project and Women Against Rape.

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Join the demonstration to SAVE LEGAL AID

 
image001.jpg10 am Friday 7th March Old Palace Yard SW1.
Followed by march to Ministry of Justice

Lawyers are refusing to attend court on Friday to protest against further legal aid cuts.

Noela Claye, All African Women’s Group, who is being persecuted by the Home Office and is fighting a heroic battle to win the right to safety and protection in the UK will be speaking at the event.

Black Women’s Rape Action Project and Women Against Rape are supporting the protest – we work with many rape survivors who will be deprived of vital legal representation by these cuts*.

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‘I was murdered by my ex-husband in 1994’: Domestic violence victim calls for change in law on historic abuse

In the Media

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This woman, who was abused by her husband for a decade, has urged the government to change the law on historic domestic violence cases. Picture: Nigel Sutton This woman, who was abused by her husband for a decade, has urged the government to change the law on historic domestic violence cases. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Tom Marshall and Emma Youle
Thursday, February 27, 2014
6:00 AM
Ham & High 
http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/court-crime/hampstead_domestic_violence_vi...

Twenty years ago this woman was slapped so violently on the head by her husband that she suffered a brain haemorrhage, causing injuries that will end her life prematurely.

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STOP FORCED ADOPTION OF RAPE VICTIM’S CHILDREN

Women Against Rape is picketing the Royal Courts of Justice 9am 27 February
The hearing is before Lady Justice Black 10am Court 70. BF/2013/2674 D-F

Women Against Rape is picketing the Court in support of a mother whose two children, aged two and three, have been unjustly taken for adoption. This is the permission to appeal of DF, whose name cannot be published due to a gagging order imposed after she spoke to a local paper about her rape. This order prevents her from publicly campaigning to keep her family together. The local authority claimed that adoptive parents could be put off by knowing the father is a convicted rapist.

DF’s parents are also party to the proceedings: they applied to foster their grandchildren, but despite being trained and accredited by social services, the court ruled in favour of adoption by strangers.

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