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.




Victim of rape and domestic violence refuses to be gagged by Social Services attempting to put her children up for adoption

There is a hearing today, Thursday 24 October, brought by Social Services to impose a gagging order onto a mother whose partner was imprisoned for raping her. Social services want her two children adopted, against her will, and say that her speaking out as a victim of rape and domestic violence will put off prospective adoptive parents. The mother is challenging the gagging order aimed at facilitating the adoption.

In her support WAR is picketing the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand at 9.45am.

Social Services claim that the mother is unfit after suffering domestic violence and rape by the childrens’ father, and that she is ‘emotionally unstable’, despite medical evidence confirming that she has the normal response of a rape victim. They are trying to prevent this woman from protesting publicly to call attention to the injustice she is facing.

Lisa Longstaff of WAR says:

We are outraged at the double injustice faced by this mother who reported her partner to the police and testified in court, after he raped and tried to kill her. Instead of being praised for her courage in coming forward to protect her children and the public from an extremely violent man, she is being blamed for the violence and the trauma it has caused her, and faces losing her children as a result.

We know of a number of mothers whose children were taken away from them, and even placed with the abusive father, after they reported his violence. The threat of having your kids taken into care is effectively forcing many women to stay with violent partners.

An estimated 30-66% of children living with domestic violence have been abused themselves by their father or their mother’s partner, and 750,000 children a year have witnessed violence against their mother, the family courts use the Children Act to prioritise the father’s contact with the child, ignoring his violence against the mother and its harm on the children. Yet women who have been subjected to abuse have this used against them as a reason for their children to be removed or adopted.

Two women a week are killed by their partners or ex-partners. Some even kill their children after being given access by the court despite their mothers’ concerns. Women who suffer sexual and domestic violence should be supported, not silenced and punished by having their children taken away from them.

In defence of victims of rape and domestic violence, we urge the court not to apply a gagging order.

From WOMEN AGAINST RAPE 020 7482 2496