VALERIE'S LAW - Make Discrimination Awareness Training Compulsory in DV Organisations

VALERIE'S LAW - Make Discrimination Awareness Training Compulsory in DV Organisations

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SISTAH SPACE started this petition to home office and

Had she lived,the 16th of February 2019 would have been Valerie Forde's 50th birthday. 

The 31st of March 2019 marks 5 years since Valerie and her daughter 'Baby J''s murder, committed by her ex partner/the child's father. .A homicide review found mistakes made that most likely contributed to their deaths.

5 years later and not much has changed. Most mainstream, specialist and training agencies still do not have a clear understanding of the direct needs and 'cultural necessities' of black women and girls affected by domestic abuse. This is clear by the lack of representation of black images and resources available to this section of the community. 

Examples of this is the lack of knowledge around day to day needs to care for our unique hair types and skin. Amazingly it is a fact that over 90% of non-African heritage people still do not know the 'routine' that most black women undertake on a daily basis. 

Most training agencies and specialist do not contain any information on African and Caribbean women vital for Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) to be able to understand clients from those communities. Rastafarian and other grassroots women are therefore unlikely to seek or receive any support for domestic abuse, putting them further at risk.

Government and other websites still refer African and Caribbean women to agencies who are unable to fully cater for black women. 

Without this essential knowledge and training, it is practically impossible to cater for, or risk assess black women. This puts black women and girls at even greater risks.

We are campaigning for this training to be mandatory to all who 'support' black women and girls affected by domestic abuse. 

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