Empowering Women or Perpetuating Victimhood: Minority Ethnic and Roma Women’s Experiences of Domestic Violence Policy and Service Provision

Yildiz, Yesim Yaprak; Baumann, Fruzsina and Dutta, Sumita. 2010. Empowering Women or Perpetuating Victimhood: Minority Ethnic and Roma Women’s Experiences of Domestic Violence Policy and Service Provision. Project Report. IMECE Turkish Speaking Women’s Group/London Training and Employment Network/Regional Social Welfare Resource Centre, London/Budapest. [Report]

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The European Union’s DAPHNE programme aims to prevent and combat all forms of violence against children, young people and women. It also aims to protect victims and groups at risk to attain a high level of physical and mental health protection, well-being and social cohesion throughout the European Union. It takes as its basis the view that such violence is not acceptable and is a violation of human rights.

Regrettably, there is still a need for such a programme as this report clearly demonstrates. Looking at the experience of women from ethnic minority and Roma backgrounds in both the UK and Hungary, the report shows how stereotyping and racism contribute to women not being able to access adequate protection: that protection often focuses on the judicial route alone and does not fully address the needs of women and their children to establish their lives independently.

Expert, more specialised services are important in supporting women who may be particularly vulnerable due to their immigration status or community attitudes. However, there is also a need for better training, both to raise awareness more generally as well as to provide specific support within a coherent and consistent policy framework.

This report works from the individual experience through to policy recommendations for the national and EU levels. In a time of budget stringency, when domestic violence is only too likely to increase as economic pressure mounts within households, it is even more important to work on prevention and to ensure that the services provided are as effective and supportive as possible. This excellent report should be read and acted upon by all service providers.

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Report (Project Report)

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Sociology

Date:

November 2010

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27570

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18 Nov 2019 10:51

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29 Apr 2020 17:21

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/27570

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