Our research

Here at Apna Haq, we conduct our own research and collaborate with others to develop evidence on the effects of violence against women and girls (VAWG) from black and minority ethnic communities (BME).

As a sector-leader in the UK, Apna Haq is uniquely positioned to contribute to studies, research and knowledge exchange. We are open to research collaborations and welcome any new opportunities via our Contact us page.

Below you will find examples of our latest research and collaborations.


Needs Analysis Report following the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham (1997 – 2013)

Following the inquiry report issued by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) titled: Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham (1997 – 2013), the council conducted a Needs Analysis Report to develop longer-term proposals to ensure accessible service provision for victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

The council engaged the University of Salford to provide research governance and worked with community organisations including Apna Haq to provide access to the under-represented populations in question.

Read the final report: Needs Analysis Report following the Sexual Exploitation of Children in Rotherham.


Fatima Network research

The Fatima Network grew out of the Fatima Project (2014-2016), and now encompasses 15 UK-based black and minority ethnic (BME) women’s groups and organisations.

The Fatima Project raised other issues which could not be fully explored at the time, and now extra funding has been secured to further research the additional barriers faced by BME survivors of violence against women and girls (VAWG) and the unique contribution BME women's organisations make, specifically in northern England.

As one of the Fatima Network organisations in northern England, Apna Haq is currently participating in this research led by The Angelou Centre and the Fatima Network. The project outcomes include:

  • Increased knowledge and data on the experiences of BME women/girls, community and agency responses to their needs in relation to domestic and sexual abuse; and effective interventions addressing these needs.
  • Increased policy advocacy and voice by BME women/girls and their groups/organisations to tackle domestic and sexual abuse.
  • Increased knowledge and skills of individuals/organisations in building influential relationships.
  • Improved policy and practice for BME survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

University of Warwick research

The Centre for the Study of Safety and Well-being at the University of Warwick, in partnership with Imkaan, are undertaking a research project into: Sexual Violence in the Lives of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Women: Disclosure, Help-seeking and Professional Responses. The research aimed to strengthen current responses, support advocacy with decision leaders, and develop best-practice tools for local BME violence organisations.

You can read the findings of the first phase of the research in the report Between the Lines.

The second phase of the research sets out to document BME survivor voices/experiences; strengthen responses to BME women and girls; build an evidence-base of existing models/promising practice within the independent, specialist rape crisis centres and BME VAWG led “by and for” sector; and further explore gaps in national/regional policy and practice.

Apna Haq has assisted the researchers to speak with survivors who have accessed our support, and who are willing to speak out about their experiences of accessing help after sexual violence.


NIHR research into primary care nurses

A research study is currently being undertaken by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), titled 'Do primary care nurses provide appropriate care to women victims of domestic violence from black and minority ethnic communities'. The research began in October 2017 and will be completed in March 2019.

The research will lead to the development of an educational resource to support nurses working in primary care who provide support and care to victims of domestic violence from black and minority ethnic communities (BME). Apna Haq are part of the project advisory group for the study and will help with identification and recruitment of participants.


This page will be updated with research reports when they become available.