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To: Caroline Dinenage MP, Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Family Justice.

Keep Apna Haq open in Rotherham

Keep Apna Haq open in Rotherham

Save Apna Haq, Rotherham’s only ethnic minority women’s violence against women support group and the best chance some women in Rotherham have of getting to safety and freedom

Why is this important?

In 1994 a group of local ethnic minority women set up what started as a domestic violence support service called Apna Haq - which means “My Rights”. More than 2,000 women and children have been helped by Apna Haq – to escape and overcome domestic and sexual abuse, so-called ‘honour-related’ abuse and forced marriage, and sexual exploitation. Many women have been so empowered by their experience at Apna Haq that they have gone on to become volunteers and workers there too, sharing their knowledge and experience to help new service users.

Apna Haq is a life-saving service, and it is run the best way a women’s service can be – by and for women who understand their community’s needs. The women who run Apna Haq have deep personal understanding of the particular patterns of abuse, the excuses that are made for it, and the barriers to escaping abuse in their community.

At the end of July this year Apna Haq received a devastating letter from Rotherham council informing them that their £145,000 contract for providing domestic violence support was to be ended and that a mainstream service with no specialism in the needs of minority ethnic women would do the work instead (for a slightly lower price).

We cannot allow Apna Haq to close. It is expert. It is life-saving. It is run by women who know the lives of the women who seek help there. We cannot try to put right horrific abuse of girls from across different communities in Rotherham and simultaneously create new barriers to women and children who need help

Join us and call on the lead Commissioner in Rotherham Sir Derek Myers, who now runs Rotherham borough council, to stand by Apna Haq to ensure that their future is secure.

Nothing about us without us!

Rotherham

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Reasons for signing

  • Community based services have the best chance of understanding the needs of the people in that community, and therefore being able to engage with them and make a significant difference to people's lives. It is essential that Apna Haq be supported to continue this valuable work for the women and children of Rotherham.
  • I lived in Rotherham most of my life, it's important to keep local support groups going for local people!
  • Because its the right thing to do

Updates

2015-11-17 14:46:54 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2015-09-15 11:33:38 +0100

500 signatures reached

2015-09-11 10:51:07 +0100

100 signatures reached

2015-09-11 00:54:14 +0100

50 signatures reached

2015-09-10 19:51:47 +0100

25 signatures reached

2015-09-10 18:31:02 +0100

10 signatures reached