Research shows that asylum-seeking, migrant and refugee women face higher levels of violence than native-born women due to a variety of factors, such as age, language barriers, vulnerability, isolation, and poverty.
Statistic show, that in Western countries every, the UK included, every 4th woman had a situation, when her husband or partner had a control over her.
Control could demonstrate different types of domestic violence and abuse; some of these are listed below.
- Physical abuse (hitting, slapping, pulling hair, biting, kicking, throwing things
- Emotional abuse (name calling, bullying, controlling what the other person does, reading their texts or logging on to their facebook page, following them)
- Financial abuse (controlling or taking all the money, not letting the other person work)
- Sexual abuse (forcing the person to have sex, touching them against their will, violation, which sometimes can be in the presence of children).
In families, having domestic violence as a routine, their life is moving around of: «love you» and «hate you». Loving stage is when affection and attachment grow up into habit, desire of helping to an alcoholic partner, promises to improve yourself, start a new life… Or there is could be a fear of life changes either to be left lonely, with no any support.This, however, in its turn, lead to accumulating aggression, cumulating of fear and emotional pain from imaginary wishes and inability to change the situation.
When passions die down, it is replaced by sense of guilt, which forces partners moving again towards of affection poles. When a couple make a decision to migrate abroad, seeking to break a vicious circle towards changes, domestic violence might be temporarily stop, while family faces a more powerful stress of adaptation to living in a different country.
However, as time goes on, accumulating negative situation with work, housing, problems with language barrier and lack of understanding of traditions and rules, increasing of a social isolation – for many families this sometimes lead to a new and stronger turn of domestic violence.
Lower than in the country of origin life style and qualify of life, social isolation and loneliness causes stress, depression, alcoholism and elemental liability for a violence, especially towards children
“Many migrant women told… that they were living in poverty or destitution, which makes them vulnerable to various forms of violence and exploitation, from forced labour to prostitution”
In the UK the problem of Domestic violence and abuse is on the pick of the State Policy.
We start a new project – Stop Abuse
The project aims to assist victims of domestic violence to cope with and recover from their experiences.
As a network for Eastern European communities, we will target victims (primarily women) from these communities but will not exclude victims from other communities.
The support will be provided in English, Russian and Polish languages.
We recognise that it is useful sometimes to speak about the problems not only on native languages, but with a person, who understand you and the mind-set of your ethnic community, and able to support you on your native language.
The project will support twenty victims of domestic violence to cope and recover. It will be done by responding to their emotional and psychological needs through one to one counselling, peer to peer support and group coaching.
Project will provide a culturally-sensitive befriending and language support to enable victims to access other services relevant to their needs giving victims confidence to take action to enable them to cope with or recover from from their experiences providing information to empower victims to make informed choices about about how to cope/recover from their experiences e.g. employment, housing, social services, assisting with the practicalities of achieving hard outcomes e.g. employability support, help to register with a GP and assistance with claiming benefits supporting victims to relocate away from the abuser – assistance with finding accommodation away from the perpetrator and finding new schools for dependent children
Within the project we recruit and provide special training for volunteers, who will enable victims to overcome hard consequences of domestic abuse and make free choice toward a new social life.
Our volunteers will be trained by experienced in providing this service staff.
Women, willing to join the program, can call on the phone 07434 609152 , Elena Jeanes, Managing Director of EMCONET