Support for professionals
Apna Haq is a nationally recognised, sector leader in raising the issue of sexual exploitation and abuse experienced by black and minority ethnic (BME) women and girls, and in developing appropriate service responses for this group of women. If you are a professional whose work is related to violence against women and girls (VAWG) from BME communities, read below to find out how we can work together.
General advice and signposting
Professionals working on specific violence cases regarding BME communities can contact us for advice and information on aspects they are unfamiliar with.
We are committed delivering this service to professionals in an attempt to reduce barriers for BME women when accessing support elsewhere as much as possible. This is a critical aspect of our work as it enhances quality of provision across mainstream services.
Preventing violence and improving responses
Apna Haq provides support to women and girls already experiencing violence, but also those at risk of violence. This prevention work is often reliant on working with other agencies in the Rotherham area to improve responses to potential issues of violence. If you are a professional looking to improve responses to violence in Rotherham, take a look at the following opportunities to get involved.
We work in partnership with many agencies including the police, children’s services, women’s services including refuges, job centres, and other BME services to ensure effective joined-up responses. We provide support to a range of local and regional BME women’s groups to develop their capacity to identify and respond effectively to VAWG.
We regularly provide training (formal and informal) to voluntary and statutory partners, as well as national and international practice forums to improve responses to BME women across the country.
We undertake a range of prevention activities including media engagement, facilitating peer support amongst current and ex-service users, and formal programmes in schools and colleges, raising awareness about the VAWG and the unique contexts and impacts of VAWG on BME women.
Apna Haq has 24 years of experience in delivering training surrounding issues such as forced marriage, honour-based violence, child sexual exploitation (CSE) and black and minority ethnic (BME) communities, Islam and mental health, and Islam and domestic violence.
To raise awareness of BME women’s experiences of VAWG and support more appropriate service and community responses, we provide Open College Network (OCN) accredited training to professionals and community members.
Apna Haq accepts case referrals from other agencies seeking specialist support for BME women who are experiencing violence. We also refer women on to other agencies when necessary.
Inter-agency case working
Many women present at Apna Haq experiencing a multitude of issues. In some cases, it is necessary to work with other agencies to provide her with the correct holistic support.
If you are working with BME women and girls in Rotherham who are experiencing violence, please Contact us to discuss collaboration.