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.

 

 

 

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Press release - 27 November: In the wake of Savile, Rochdale and North Wales government cuts victims’ compensation

On 27 November criminal injuries compensation is to be cut, despite overwhelming all-Party opposition in Parliament in September. In the same week as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (25 November), victims of rape and other violence are to be deprived of money which can help with security and recovery.

The government Consultation paper ‘Getting it right for victims CPS/2012’ argues that cuts will not affect victims of rape or other serious violent crimes. This is a lie. (See our response below on this webpage.)

They are reducing the awards to spouses and children of murder victims – and two women a week are murdered by their partner or ex-partner.

They are cutting all compensation for minor injuries and reducing other payments – affecting victims of sexual assault and child abuse.

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