Black and Minority Ethnic Communities (BME)

Anyone can experience domestic abuse regardless of their background. Domestic abuse can be physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or financial abuse in an intimate or family type relationship.

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Whilst most people think of domestic abuse as being something one partner does to another, abuse by your own family or your partner/spouse’s family is also domestic abuse. Rarely a one-off incident, domestic abuse usually forms a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior which can get worse over time.

Are you being abused?

Please click here and use this list to help you recognise if you or someone you know is being abused. We recognise there may be additional barriers for you in terms of accessing services:

  • You may fear stereotyping or racism from agencies
  • You may have language needs
  • You may not feel you are being listened to; understood or heard
  • You may also fear deportation due to your immigration or asylum status; that your children will be taken away or that you will be rejected from your family or your community.

RISE offers specialised, confidential support for BME women. Interpreters may also be available on request. Do not suffer in silence. You are not alone, we understand and we believe you. Please contact us by phone on 01273 622 828 or online through the Portal service by clicking here.

Black and Minority Ethnic Communities (BME)

In an emergency, call 999.

You can also call the 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 which is free and has a language line facility.

Black and Minority Ethnic Communities (BME)

Forced Marriage and Other Harmful Practices Support:

Forced Marriage Unit – 0207 008 0151

Karma Nirvana – 0800 5999 247

Southall Black Sisters – 0208 571 0800

IKWRO (Help for Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls) – 0207 920 6460

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Support:

FGM 24hr NSPCC Helpline – 0800 028 3550

Forward – 0208 960 4000 ext. 1

Rape Crisis Surrey and Sussex FGM Lead - 07399 148927