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“I didn’t think this service was for people like us”: improving service response to BME survivors of sexual violence

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Characteristics such as race, age, social economic status and sexual orientation, have an impact on women’s experiences of sexual violence and subsequent contact with services. In this qualitative study, we focused on the intersections of race and gender. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight key informants from statutory and third sector organisations to explore their responses to, and strategies for providing services for BME survivors of sexual violence. Results indicate the need to develop racial literacy and cultural sensitivity in individual practice as well as within the wider organisations. An intersectional approach is essential to adequately support survivors of sexual violence and address social inequalities.
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Keywords: black and minority ethnic women; gender-based violence; intersectionality; sexual violence

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 2019

This article was made available online on September 2, 2019 as a Fast Track article with title: "“I didn’t think this service was for people like us”: improving service response to BME survivors of sexual violence".

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  • The Journal of Gender-Based Violence (JGBV), is the first international journal based in Europe to show case the work of scholars across disciplinary and topic boundaries, and from a range of methodologies.

    The journal acknowledges both the breadth of gender-based violence (GBV) and its links to gendered inequalities. It aims to continue to document the voices and experiences of victims and survivors of GBV, to publish work regarding those who perpetrate GBV and of the varied and complex social structures, inequalities and gender norms through which GBV is produced and sustained. The journal recognises the intersection of gender with other identities and power relations, such as ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, faith, disability and economic status.

    JGBV will publish high quality papers that contribute to understanding of GBV, policy, and/or activism, on sexual violence, domestic abuse, ‘honour’-based violence, prostitution, trafficking and/or reproductive violence and abuse in a wide range of intimate, familial, community and societal contexts.

    The editors invite interest from scholars working across the social sciences and related fields including social policy, sociology, politics, criminology, law, social psychology, development and economics, as well as disciplines allied to medicine, health and wellbeing.

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