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Racism and other intersecting barriers to accessing safety and support

We need to work actively to make spaces and services safe and inclusive for women from all backgrounds and situations, and remove barriers to support due to migrant status, ethnicity, language, neurodiversity, disability and other aspects of lived experience.

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Racism and other intersecting barriers to accessing safety and support

We need to work actively to make spaces and services safe and inclusive for women from all backgrounds and situations, and remove barriers to support due to migrant status, ethnicity, language, neurodiversity, disability and other aspects of lived experience.

Communities like ours need to work actively to provide safe spaces for women who have experienced domestic/sexual violence often in addition to immigration abuse, harmful practices such as FGM, sexual exploitation, forced marriage, trafficking and HBV/A perpetrated through varying cultural and social lenses by intimate partners, family members and or community members. A safe space may be a specialist service, or a respectful and anti-racist organisation providing help around domestic abuse. A safe space is often needed to address other barriers, particularly for women who are destitute and homeless, or living in unstable or unsafe housing without support networks. Safe spaces are needed by migrant women who also have complex immigration issues, no recourse to public funds, face racial discrimination and harassment, hate crime and economic exploitation. Being trauma informed also means properly listening to and hearing women’s and girls’ lived experience, in all its diverse, cultural and unique aspects, and shaping our understanding of safe spaces accordingly.

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This service has saved my mental health and has provided a safe service whilst helping with coping mechanisms for the future.

- Lena

Latest news

VOICES closing on 19 September

VOICES will be closed for one day on the Bank Holiday, Monday 19th September, as the whole country says farewell to our Queen, Elizabeth II. RIP. Please remember the National Domestic abuse 24 hours helpline (0808 2000247)  and emergency services (999)  are still available for anyone who feels in danger of immediate harm. VOICES will be reopening services…

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VOICES Summer Break

Voices will be closed for our Summer Break from 15 August for 2 weeks. We reopen on Tuesday 30th August.

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Job vacancy: Executive Officer p/t

Could you help us grow and develop VOICES? We have an exciting opportunity for a part-time Executive Officer to help develop our independent domestic abuse charity with Lived Experience at its heart, working with the CEO and team at our Safe Space centre based in Bath. Deadline: 31 August 2022. Downloadable info below.