During Covid-19 H.O.P.E Training & Consultancy (supported by HARM Network, Dr Olumide Adisa &  Sarah Wigley Associates) have been providing a platform for  Black & Minority Ethnic Communities to have a discussion about how domestic/sexual abuse/ violence is impacting survivors during Covid-19.

The aims of these 1 hour Zoom calls are to :

- Create a safe space for front line workers, activists, survivors, academics, policy makers and students among many others, to come together during this pandemic and discuss issues impacting them and those they are supporting. 

-Motivate those attending to expand their learning enabling them to increasing their knowledge to inform their future action

-Forge the links for those attending to feel Stronger, Supported and more Connected during Covid-19. 

Recurring questions already identified during these meetings are (just to name a few):

- Where are the voices of Black women/men/children when we are discussing Domestic Abuse/ Sexual Violence?

- Where/When will funding be made more mainstreamed and accessible for Black & Minority Ethnic communities working with survivors?

-Why are police reports of domestic abuse/sexual violence from Black & Minority Ethnic communities are lower then in other communities?

- Why do we as a society do not routinely discuss historical sexual abuse within Black & Minority Ethnic communities?

H.O.P.E meetings for 2020 (all run on a Friday from 12-1:30pm)

16/4/2020- Launch of H.O.P.E meeting. This meeting has ended. 

28/4/2020- Discussing the funding of Black, Asian and minority ethnic domestic abuse/ sexual violence services.  This meeting was opened by David Lammy MP. This meeting was co-chaired by professor Aisha Gill. This meeting has ended.

15/5/2020- Discussing Domestic Abuse within faith based communities. Launch of open letter to be presented at Hidden Harm Summit. This meeting has ended. 

29/5/2020- Discussing Child Sexual Exploitation/Domestic Abuse within Black, Asian & minority young people and adults. This meeting has ended.

12/6/2020- Discussing racial discrimination domestic abuse services experience and Black Lives Matters (BLM). This meeting took place just after George Floyds death. Sistah Space & Southall Black Sisters both presented at this meeting. This meeting was opened by Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu. This meeting has  ended.

20/6/2020- Discussing spiritual abuse, witch craft and Devi Desi.  This meeting was opened by Dr Prospera Tedam. This meeting has ended. 

10/7/2020- Discussing Coercive control within Black, Asian & minority ethnic communities. This meeting was opened by Jess Philips MP. This meeting has ended. 

24/7/2020 Discussing those from black & minority ethnic communities who use harmful behaviours within families and  intimate partner relationships speakers include survivor of HBA, Respect & Drive Project (rep from the Home Office have been invited also). This meeting has ended. 

7/8/2020 Discussing Male Victims from black & minority ethnic communities speakers include Dame Vera Baird QC- Victims Commissioner, Dope Black Dads, Mens advice line, Mankind Initiative,  Dr Mohammad Mazher Idriss, Victim Support & a male survivor has asked H.O.P.E to read his story to the group. This meeting has ended. 

21/8/2020 Discussing domestic abuse & housing issues for black & minority ethnic communities speakers include Alison Inman (opened the call)  Kelly Henderson (founder of Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA), Saranya Kogulathas (Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse), Bredna Fraser (Home Finder UK) , Sharon McLoughlin (ASB Consultant), Geeta Nanda OBE (CEO Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing),  Rosie Lewis The Angelou Centre, and  Rosie Gakhal Panaghar Housing. This meeting has ended. 

4/9/2020 Discussing Modern Slavery & Economic abuse within black & minority ethnic communities speakers include Karen Geddes FCID Walsall and Wolverhampton Hubs & Chair WMP BAPA (West Midlands Police), Bal Kaur Howard,  Jasbinder Kaur Surviving Economic Abuse,  National Crime Agency (NCA), Saima Supporting Sisters & Polly from The Sharan Project. This meeting has now ended. 

18/9/2020 Discussing Black & minority ethnic children & young people impacted by domestic abuse speakers include Marsha de Cordova MP Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary, Annie Gibbs Founder Amour Destine CIC,  Jermaine Jackman (Singer & Song writer, Co-chair of Hackney Young Futures) , Natalie page Founder of http://courtconfidence.com & #thecourtsaid - The Campaign for Survivor Family Justice., Yasmin Rahman (Juno Women's Centre) and Michelle Lee-Izu Corporate Director of Children’s Services (Development & Innovation), Barnados. To book click here

9/10/2020 Discussing Mental health & domestic abuse within black & minority ethnic communities speakers TBC

23/10/2020 Discussing Sexual abuse, and rape within black & minority ethnic communities speakers TBC

6/11/2020 Subject Matter TBC

20/11/2020 Subject Matter TBC 

8/12/2020 Subject Matter TBC

Speakers participated to date: 

  • David Lammy MP
  • Professor Aisha Gill CBE
  • Baroness Sandip Verma
  • Dr Roxanne Khan HARM Network 
  • Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu
  • Hibo Wardere
  • Adhar Project (Leicester) 
  • Pragna Patel (Southall Black Sisters)
  • Craig Pinkney- Solve: The Centre for Youth, Violence & Conflict
  • Naomi Donald- PODs
  • Jess Philips MP
  • Dope Black Women 
  • Al- Hasaniya
  • Kafayat Okanlawon
  • Coercive Control & recovering from trauma
  • Sistah Space
  • Creating Equalz
  • Listen Up Research 
  • Nazir Afzal OBE
  • Trade Sexual Health 
  • The Nia Project 
  • Karma Nirvana 
  • West Midlands Police 
  • The Halo Project 
  • Dr Charolotte Proudman
  • Professor Marianne Hester 
  • The Sikh Women's Action Network (SWAN)
  • Dr Emma Katz 
  • Metropolitan Police 

A variety of front line workers, activists, survivors, academics, policy makers collaborated to produce and submit an  open letter to the Home Secretary Priti Patel. This was signed by over 70 individuals/ organisations and submitted prior to the Hidden Harm Summit which took place on 21.4.2020.  Thank you to Dr Roxanne Khan and Dr Olumide Adisa for their hard work towards this letter and survey.  To read the response to this letter from Victoria Atkins MP please click here.

If you would like to join future calls (open to all) please email admin@hopetraining.co.uk.  Check out a quick simple video explaining the H.O.P.E national meetings here

Marvyn from Dope Black Dads Speaks to Meena Kumari at a H.O.P.E meeting  7.8.2020 about domestic abuse and the work he has been doing within his space. To learn more about Dope Black Dads click here.