Increasing safety for those experiencing family and intimate relationship harm within black and minority ethnic communities by responding to those who harm. 

14.8.2020

New dynamic research designed to explore responses to family and intimate relationship harm within Black and minority ethnic communities is published. The research is a collaboration between Dr. Olumide Adisa and Dr. Katherine Allen of the University of Suffolk and H.O.P.E Training and aims to both diversify the current body of evidence in perpetrator research and advise on the creation of an inclusive perpetrator strategy that is effective in ensuring all victims are protected.

The research published a series of recommendations to address the gaps in provision and ensure inclusivity in responding to domestic abuse. These include:

Further research into culturally grounded interventions and language

Sustainable research funding for community-led interventions. 

A family-focused approach to perpetrator work 

Expanding the call to action for a perpetrator strategy to specifically include the needs of Black and minority ethnic communities

Speaking about the research, Dr. Olumide Adisa says:
"Our research must be understood against the backdrop of the global Black Lives Matter protests and the ongoing calls for an informed, inclusive, and effective perpetrator strategy that will deliver equal protection for all victims.The report shows that there is a gap in our knowledge on appropriate and sensitive responses. There is a need for participatory approaches to developing and funding diverse perpetrator programmes as against blanket approaches."

Meena Kumari, Founder of H.O.P.E says,  “It was important for H.O.P.E Training & Consultancy to collaborate on this research and collect the viewpoints of Black, Asian and minority ethnic survivors, staff, and activists. H.O.P.E will be working with academics, commissioners, and sector leads to ensure the recommendations are embedded into practice and further research.”

To read the full report please click here 

Please see Info-graphic below showcasing overall results. 

Mapping and unearthing complexity of the funding eco-system for local-level VAWG organisations-Led by Dr Olumide Adisa University of Suffolk 

Aim of the project - By mapping funding flows,  the research team will be able to identify dysfunctionalities in how funding is currently distributed and outline recommendations for achieving more sustainable, long-term funding for specialist community-based services at a local level. Ultimately, project findings could help to make the case for widespread reform in funding mechanisms, with a shift away from 'post code lottery' allocation and a move toward a stable, long-term funding architecture. 

Research Team members

Dr Olumide Adisa - Project Lead and PI
Prof Emma Bond
Dr Katherine Allen
Meena Kumari 
Dr Ruth Weir 

To learn more about this work please click here.