2.2 B. Guidance and Resources

Supporting Black and Minority Ethnic Women and Girls: 10 top things for commissioners of ending violence against women and girls services to consider

Imkaan (2014)

Advice for commissioners on supporting BAMER women and girls, ten tips with details provided in the full briefing. Imkaan is a UK-based, second-tier women’s organisation dedicated to addressing violence against black and minority ethnic (BME) women and girls. They work at local, national and international level, and in partnership with a range of organisations, to improve policy and practice responses to BME women and girls.




Seeking refuge? Domestic violence, immigration, law and no recourse to public funds

Rights of Women (2013)

This legal guide explains the immigration laws and policies relevant to women from abroad who are experiencing domestic violence. It also explains some of the financial and other support options that may be available.

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Three steps to escaping violence against women and girls: a guide for black and minority ethnic (BME) women and children

Home Office / Southall Black Sisters (2012)

Guide for black and minority ethnic (BME) women and children, providing information and advice on escaping domestic violence. It contains information on what constitutes abuse, including sexual violence from a spouse, forced marriage, dowry abuse, female genital mutilation, and 'honour' based violence. It also provides advice on how to report domestic violence. Also provides advice for women who have entered the UK as a spouse, unmarried partner or civil partner of a British Citizen, or non-citizen who is settled in the UK , and whose relationship has broken down as a result of domestic violence. Includes a list of agencies who are able to provide further help and information.

For English click here

For other languages click here


Asylum support for women who are victims of domestic violence

Asylum Support Appeals Project (2011)

This factsheet provides advice to asylum-seeking and refused asylum-seeking women about applying to the UKBA for accommodation if they are experiencing domestic violence in their homes. It is aimed at women who are already living in accommodation provided by the UKBA and to those who are living in other accommodation, such as privately rented, who need to leave due to domestic violence.

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Good Practice Guidance: Interpreting for women who have experienced gender based violence

The Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership (2011)

This guidance focuses on interpreting services provided to women who have experienced violence and abuse. It is designed to be read alongside general good practice interpreting guidelines and should not replace these. The need for the document was identified by the multi-agency WAIR Working Group of the Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership. Members of the group reported concerns about the quality of interpreting provided to their client group. These ranged from instances where interpreters were found to have mis-interpreted certain words or phrases; to cases where women reported inappropriate discussion of their situations with communities outside of the interpreting sessions.

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North Wales Multi-Agency Practitioner Guidance: Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage

HM Government (2011)

This guide provides information and tactics for North Wales Safeguarding Practitioners to assist them in the response to occurrences (crime and non crime) where honour based violence (HBV) may be a consideration.

English version
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Welsh version
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Safe and Sane

Southall Black Sisters (2011)

In April 2001, Southall Black Sisters (SBS) received funding to establish a Domestic Violence and Mental Health Project for black and minority ethnic (BME) women. The Project undertook action based research aimed at developing new models of intervention to reduce the incidence of mental breakdown, suicide and selfharm amongst BME women experiencing domestic violence.

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Developing the cultural competence of health professionals working with Gypsy Travellers

Francis, G. (2010)

This project explored one of the issues affecting access to healthcare services by Gypsy Travellers, namely the cultural competence of health professionals. Evidence suggests that receiving cultural competence training increases confidence and awareness of the care requirements of ethnic minority patients, and so the aim of the project was to support the development of cultural competence in health professionals working with Gypsy Travellers through an exploration of staff attitudes, knowledge and understanding of the cultural identity and health needs of Gypsy Travellers.

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Forced marriage and honour killing check sheet

The Pixel Project (2010)

This document provides a range of recommendations for assisting a woman or girl fleeing a forced marriage and/or an honour killing is she comes to you for help.

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Destitution and violence against women

Rights of Women (2010)

This briefing has been written by Rights of Women to outline some of the laws and polices which prevent or restrict women with an insecure immigration status from accessing welfare benefits or certain community care services.

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No Recourse to Public Funds

Al-Nisa magazine (2010)

With the contribution of a range of women’s rights activists this edition of Al-Nisa magazine gives a clear and concise picture of situation which confronts hundreds of women each year, who arrive in the UK on spousal visa’s and are victims of domestic violence and are denied recourse to public funds which would enable them to escape an abusive relationship.

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Asian Women, Domestic Violence and Mental Health: a toolkit for health proffessionals

EACH (2009)

Aimed at health proffessionals this toolkit provides background information to Asian Women's experiences of domestic violence, its impact on their health and how health proffessionals can respond to these issues within their proffessional practice.

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Domestic abuse – do you need help?

Asylum Support Partnership (2009)

This short leaflet explains what is considered to be domestic abuse and how asylum seekers can get help if they are experiencing it.

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Female Genital Mutilation Resource Pack

London Safeguarding Children Board (2009)

This resource pack provides information and guidance for people who may encounter women or girls at risk of, or having undergone, female genital mutilation.

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On the road to change: dealing with domestic violence in Gypsy and Traveller groups

Guardian.co.uk, 14 August 2009

Fifteen years after the UK's only refuge for Gypsy and Travelling women opened, a new generation is acknowledging the problem of violent relationships.

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Supporting Gypsies & Travellers living with Domestic Violence: conference notes

Friends, Families & Travellers (2009)

In May 2009 the Friends, Families & Travellers organisation held their first national conference on “Supporting Gypsies and Travellers living with Domestic Violence”. The conference notes include the speaker’s notes, workshop outcomes, feedback and future work plans. There are also six case studies from across the country that give insight into the experiences of Gypsy and Traveller women.

Report: click here

case study 1: click here

case study 2: click here

case study 3: click here

case study 4: click here

case study 5: click here

case study 6: click here

More papers and links to organisations from the conference are available here


Supporting Gypsies and Travellers living with Domestic Violence

Friends, Families & Travellers (2009)

This leaflet has been developed for refuge workers and other frontline domestic violence workers, to provide information and advice to facilitate supporting gypsies and travellers living with domestic violence.

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Gypsies and Travellers Resource Sheet

Friends, Families & Travellers (2009)

A comprehensive resource that provides details of organisations to contact, research papers, books and other resources for those supporting gypsies and travellers living with domestic violence.

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Multi-agency practice guidelines: handling cases of forced marriage

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2009)

These practice guidelines have been developed alongside the statutory guidance The Right to Choose issued under s.63 Q(1) of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007. The statutory guidance sets out the responsibilities of Chief Executives, directors and senior managers within agencies involved with handling cases of forced marriage. This document seeks to supplement the statutory guidance with advice and support for frontline practitioners who have responsibilities to safeguard children and protect adults from the abuse associated with forced marriage.

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Good Practice Checklist for Interpreters Working with Domestic Violence Situations

Standing Together against Domestic Violence (2008)

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Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007

Full details of the legislation.

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Support for those with No Recourse to Public Funds - Slough Case

This resource outlines the changes to the support that can be provided to those with no recourse to public funds after the Slough case in which a more restrictive definition of the meaning of ‘care and attention’ was defined.

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Female Genital Mutilation: an educational resource for nursing and midwifery staff

Royal College of Nursing (2006)

This document aims to ensure that all nurses, midwives and specialist practitioners in public health are informed about FGM, and understand the socio-cultural, legal and health issues that surround the practice.

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Female Genital Mutilation Fact Sheet

Forward (2005)

An overview of FGM and its health impacts produced by specialist organisation Forward.

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Resources on FGM, Child Marriage and Fistula


A comprehensive resource bank of publications relating to Female Genital Multilation, Child Marriage and Fistula produced by FORWARD and other agencies working in these areas.

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Refugee, Asylum Seeking Women and Women with Insecuire Immigration Status


Domestic Violence Policy

Home Office (Updated 2014)

The National Asylum Support Service Domestic Violence Policy Bulletin 70.

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Seeking Refuge? A handbook for asylum-seeking women (2nd Ed.)

Rights of Women (2012)

Our aim is that this book will provide a clear practical starting-point for asylum-seeking women and organisations providing support to them, at a time when legal advice and representation are becoming increasingly hard to find

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Vulnerable Women’s Project Good Practice Guide: Assisting Refugee and Asylum Seeking Women affected by Rape or Sexual Violence

Keefe, A. (2009)

This Guide explains the Refugee Council approach to best practice in caring for refugee and asylum seeking women affected by Rape or sexual violence and should be read in conjunction with the literature review (see 2.2A) which examines the extent and impact of sexual violence against refugee women around the world.

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How Can I Support Her? Domestic Violence, Immigration and Women with No Recourse to Public Funds: a resource pack for voluntary and community organisations

Southall Black Sisters and Women’s Resource Centre (2006)

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Women Don’t Suffer in Silence

Refugee Action (2003)

This leaflet tells refugee women about domestic violence and their legal rights.

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Special Collections of research and resources on refugees and domestic and family violence

Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse (2009)

This collection provides information on domestic and family violence and the global context of violence against women, domestic and gender-based violence in international refugee camps, refugee women’s experiences of domestic violence in their countries of resettlement, culturally appropriate service provision for refugee women, resources for service providers, and resources for refugees.

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