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Domestic Abuse and Asian, Black and Minority ethnic women

The 'National Strategy to Address Domestic Abuse in Scotland'  defines domestic abuse as gender-based abuse perpetrated by partners or ex-partners and can include physical abuse (assault and physical attack involving a range of behaviour), sexual abuse (acts which degrade and humiliate women and are perpetrated against their will, including rape) and mental and emotional abuse (such as threats, verbal abuse, racial abuse, withholding money and other types of controlling behaviour such as isolation from family and friends).

What does it involve?

Domestic abuse can include physical, mental and sexual abuse. 

  • Physical abuse can include slapping, punching, strangling, using weapons, scalding, burning.
  • Mental abuse can include humiliation and degradation, threats against the woman or her children, keeping her short of money and isolating her from friends and family. 
  • Sexual abuse can include being forced to take part in sex acts, being sexually assaulted with objects and being raped

Hemat Gryffe Women's Aid provide specialist support to women from the Asian, Black and Minority ethnic community who experience domestic abuse influenced by culture and tradition.   

  • 'Honour' based abuse:  is a form of domestic abuse and a controlling mechanism which is perpetrated by immediate and extended family members on women who are considered to have brought shame on themselves, their family and the community.  Often women will experience isolation, threats, physical violence, extreme emotional pressure and may be murdered in order to protect so called cultural and religious beliefs.
  • Forced Marriage:  a forced marriage occurs when family members, including extended family members, who use physical violence or emotional pressure to make you to marry someone against your will.  In this situation the individual will normally be coerced into going through with the ceremony.  There is now a law in Scotland to stop individuals from being forced to marry against their will.  (See our page Forced Marriage).

Hemat Gryffe Women's Aid recognise that women may experience multiple oppressions to different degrees because of their gender identity and also because of their race, class, sexual orientation and ethnic origin which intersects with their individual social environment within Scottish society. 

Hemat Gryffe Women's Aid provides specialist support and information on gender related issues and we recognise that a perpetrator may be a husband, partner or extended family member. 

Our aim is to empower women to enable them to make decisions for themselves and their children without fear or repercussion from the community to allow them to live a safe and prosperous life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse we can provide safe temporary refuge accommodation as well as assisting you with safety planning and practical and emotional support. 





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