National Calls covering Domestic Abuse/Sexual Violence within Black & Minority Ethnic  Communities during Covid-19 2020 

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)

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) to book click here 

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 to book click here

21/8/2020 Discussing domestic abuse & housing issues for black & minority ethnic communities speakers include 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,  Thangam Debbonaire MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Housing TBC) and  Rosie Gakhal Panaghar Housing click here

4/9/2020 Discussing Modern Slavery & Economic abuse within black & minority ethnic communities speakers include Bal Kaur Howard, Surviving Economic Abuse,  National Crime Agency have been invited and we are waiting on confirmation,  to book click here

18/9/2020 Discussing Black & minority ethnic children & young people impacted by domestic abuse speakers include Annie Gibbs Founder Amour Destine CIC,  Jermaine Jackman (Singer & Song writer, Co-chair of Hackney Young Futures) , Yasmin Rahman (Juno Women's Centre) and other speakers TBC

2/10/2020 Discussing Mental health & domestic abuse within black & minority ethnic communities speakers TBC

23/10/2020 Discussing stalking , harassment and protection orders speakers TBC

6/11/2020 Discussing sexual abuse, rape and bride price within black & minority ethnic communities speakers TBC

20/11/2020 Showcasing black & minority ethnic survivor stories (this will be part of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women which takes place on 25 November 2020) 

4/12/2020 Discussing the Domestic Abuse Bill (speakers TBC)

18/12/2020 Celebration of H.O.P.E calls meet up of all before Christmas break! speakers 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. 

If you would like to join future calls (open to all) please email  Please note recordings and minutes are not available for these meetings.