Sisters For Change report: Unequal Regard, Unequal Protection – Public Authority Responses to Violence Against Black and Minority Ethnic Women in England

BME and refugee women are 3 times more likely to commit suicide than other women in the UK, says a November 2017 from Sisters For Change.

Unequal Regard, Unequal Protection (pdf) assesses how the UK Government and public authorities – both centrally and locally – are responding to violence against BME women in England.

The  report recommends:

  • The police should adopt a zero tolerance approach to marital rape and ensure that all allegations of marital rape are effectively investigated
  • Child Safeguarding Services and Adult Safeguarding Services should establish more effective referral systems for vulnerable or at risk BME girls aged 17 and 18
  • Local Authority VAW Commissioning officials should conduct more extensive data collection through VAW service providers to develop a more informed range of locally relevant profiles of the needs and experiences of different women and girl victims of violence.

Read the full report (pdf).