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.




Woman moves from mixed psychiatric ward to women-only hostel

Success story

A rape survivor in distress was detained in a mixed psychiatric ward after attending a routine health appointment in a general hospital.  Being sectioned with other distressed people, one of whom hit her, intensified her trauma.  Her section was due to be reviewed by the Mental Health Act tribunal.  WAR sent evidence to the hearing on why this mixed ward was unsuitable, and found her a lawyer to represent her.  Although the psychiatrist at the tribunal insisted that she stay in hospital, her section was not extended and she was discharged to a supported women-only hostel.

We are supporting the campaign by Southwark Mind Women’s Forum for women-only psychiatric wards.  Contact us for more information.