DOMESTIC ABUSE SUPPORT FOR MIGRANT & ETHNIC MINORITY WOMEN
Domestic abuse affects all women irrespective of their ethnic group. But we know from the work of our specialist Migrant & Ethnic Minority Outreach Worker, that women from some communities can experience domestic abuse in different ways and some migrant women may face additional barriers to accessing support services, such as their immigration status.
We support women living in Hertfordshire who are aged 18 years and over. Please contact our specialist outreach worker Martha if for support and advice about any of the following:
- Domestic Abuse from a partner
- Fear of being blamed for damaging the family honour or being cut-off from the community
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
- Forced Marriage (FM) and Honour Based Abuse (HBA)
How we can help
We have a dedicated outreach worker who specialises in supporting migrant and ethnic minority women, and we support all women, including asylum seekers, refugees and those without recourse to any public funding.
The support we offer may include:
•Long term counselling to help with overcoming the mental health trauma of abuse
•ESOL courses for migrants whose first language is not English, to help improve English language skills, enabling independence and access employment and other support services
•Employability courses or IT courses, some which are accredited, which will build skills necessary to gain employment and to achieve financial independence, and which are essential to modern life.
•Support & advice to help with access to additional services
•Legal advice appointments with local solicitors to support with legal issues relating to finances, children, marriage, non-molestation orders, occupation orders, immigration status, and so on.
•Destitute Domestic Violence (DDV) applications.
To contact our specialist Migrant & Ethnic Minority Outreach worker please email Martha, call or WhatsApp her on 07999 772 123.