Welcome to Women Against Rape’s blog dedicated to sharing information about our Refuge from Rape and Destitution campaign . Here you will find updates on the work we are doing to support women who are fleeing rape and domestic violence and are forced into destitution by British immigration policy.
On this blog we share updates on the cases of the women we are supporting and the ongoing victories of the campaign. Our Self-Help Tools page provides vital, applicable information for women to use in pursuing their own asylum and immigration cases and in contesting Home Office and judges’ refusals.
We work closely with Black Women’s Rape Action Project, All African Women’s Group and Legal Action for Women.
Destitution is defined as not being able to afford to buy the essentials to eat, stay warm and dry, and keep clean. In the UK in 2015, about 1,252,000 people, including 312,000 children, were destitute at some point. People seeking asylum are cut off from all support when their legal case is refused. Those living on asylum support benefits get 50% less than the poverty line benefits that others in the UK receive.
Our campaigning aims to highlight the destitution of women, as this is often hidden, and spell out the rape and other abuse it makes women vulnerable to. Women are less likely to sleep rough and instead have to exchange housework, childcare, and even sexual favours to survive. Thirty-five percent of destitute homeless women asylum seekers report being raped in the UK. Children are increasingly taken away from destitute mothers and families.
For additional information see the joint website of Black Women’s Rape Action Project and Women Against Rape. Both organisations are campaigning for justice and protection for women and girls, including asylum seekers, who have suffered sexual, domestic and/or racist violence. We work on the basis of self-help and provide support, legal information and advocacy to women seeking refuge from rape and destitution.