#whatarewemissing Webinar: BAME Domestic Abuse

ISCRE (Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality) and the Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG have delivered a webinar on domestic abuse within the BAME community.

Why focus on the BAME community? Inequality for minority groups is widespread and extends to the criminal justice system, healthcare, housing and schooling. The Office for National Statistics (2019) data shows that in the year 2018-2019, the rates of domestic abuse amongst BAME communities were higher than their white counterparts, and rates of domestic abuse were highest amongst those of mixed ethnicity.

We brought together voices who work and support our community. They offer personal and professional experiences along with practical ways to support those affected by domestic abuse. Our speakers are:

• Katherine Ahluwalia (Training Manager) Lighthouse Women’s Aid

• Mollin Delve (Director) PHOEBE

• Bal Howard – Expert on BAME Domestic Abuse / Honour Abuse / Child Forced Marriage

• GP: Dr Dean Dorsett

The session was culturally sensitive, unbiased and anonymous. We also had a community-based GP on hand to provide clinical answers to questions and provide feedback when needed.