Below you will find evidence from consultations and evaluations we have conducted to further improve and better our work with black and minority ethnic (BME) women who are experiencing violence.
Imkaan strength-based review
A strength-based review of Apna Haq was completed by the Imkaan research team in October 2018. A key characteristic of what defines our approach and why minoritised women engage with the service is connected to the way in which the support is delivered. Our work is led and informed ‘by and for’ black and minoritised women. Survivors are represented at board level, and all staff, volunteers and board are black and minoritised women. This structure provides support to women in a space that is free from racism and discrimination.
Apna Haq Evaluation
In 2016, we undertook a series of consultations to inform an evaluation of the impact of our work. This included receiving feedback from other violence against BME women agencies, and individuals that had engaged with Apna Haq in one way or another. Along with staff and directors, we looked at our current financial situation and the best way forward for service users in exiting Apna Haq services.
Evidence for Equality Impact Assessment
In 2015, we provided written submissions for the Equality Impact Assessment of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council’s decision to award the contract for Floating Support Service for BME Women Experiencing Domestic Abuse to a non-BME provider.