Violence is against your human rights. You are entitled to a life free of violence, and we can help you achieve that. We support women and girls experiencing any type of violence mentioned on our What is violence? page.
Who we can help
If you are a woman from the Rotherham area in South Yorkshire and are of a black and minority ethnic (BME) background, Apna Haq can help you. We support women of any religion or no religion, and women of any sexual orientation whether you are heterosexual, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
If you are not from Rotherham or the BME community, go to our contact details of other organisations that can help you.
We provide a range of support from one-off advice to longer-term programmes. Whatever your situation, we will help you make a safety plan, leave violence and support you into the future. Read about how we can help below.
We understand your needs
Sharing your situation with other people is scary, but Apna Haq’s staff are kind, caring and supportive women who understand your needs. You can contact us for one-off advice, or access more long-term support. If you need an interpreter – we’ll provide one. If your situation is specific to your religion, culture or community – we have the knowledge to make our support tailored to your situation.
We will help you be safe
Our primary goal is to make sure you are safe. We will support you to manage the risks you may face. We will offer you general advice on anything you would like to share with us, support you to leave your violent situation, and plan support for you into the future. We can refer you to other support if necessary.
We will help you feel empowered
It is very difficult to leave a violent situation. But we can support you to build your confidence in yourself that you are doing the right thing. You can take part in our confidence building courses which aim to improve your health and wellbeing.
We can help you financially
If you are struggling for money, our economic empowerment programme can support you. Our Hardship Fund can provide you with short term financial support (see below). Our training and development programme will support you to develop life skills and employment opportunities.
We will make sure you are involved
Once you are safe and free from violence, we will continue to support you and explore how you can help us to be better. Our services are successful thanks to women like you helping us. We have a training and development package to help empower our service users once they are free from violence.
We will provide specialist support into the future
When you leave a violent situation, we will support you to:
- Explore your options and consider what you might do next.
- Access legal information about family law and immigration status.
- Make your own application to change your status by applying for `indefinite leave to remain' in the UK.
- Settle into a new home and community and begin to feel safe again.
- Deal with the impact of domestic violence on yourself and your children, to rebuild confidence and self-esteem.
Financial support through our Hardship Fund
Apna Haq has a limited Hardship Fund which you can apply for if you are experiencing violence. If you qualify, we will give you short term financial support as you leave a violent situation in Rotherham.
Money from the Hardship Fund is for women with children for essentials such as housing, food, toiletries, children's clothes, and public transport.
There are two types of limited funds:
- Community fund. This money has been raised from our local Rotherham community for any woman who is vulnerable and destitute and being supported by Apna Haq’s advocacy staff. Funds can be used for essential items such as food, clothing, medicines etc. on a short-term basis.
- Zakat. As part of the Muslim faith, people give a set proportion of their wealth to charity. Any funds that Apna Haq receives through zakat are available for Muslim women who are vulnerable.
To apply for the Hardship Fund, you must:
- Be supported by Apna Haq
- Be a female experiencing violence
- Be receiving no support elsewhere
- Have no family support
- Be within the two-year rule with no recourse to public funds
- Have children to support.
To access any of the support you have read about on this page, please contact us today. If you would like to hear from other women and girls who have accessed help from Apna Haq, read our personal stories page.