Who can come to RAA

Who can come to RAA

The informality of family life is a blessed condition that allows us to become our best while looking our worst. ~Marge Kennedy

South Asian Families experiencing domestic violence have specific needs. Community and family expectations, religious and cultural pressures can mean they face particular challenges. It can be difficult to seek appropriate support, especially if you don’t speak English.

Who can come to the RAA?

Any South Asian, who is escaping domestic violence – from a partner, or another member of her family such as a brother, sister, father, uncle or mother-in-law – can come to the RAA. The violence or abuse could be through any relationship the person is in.

RAA supports South Asian community people with range of issues, including forced marriage, insecure immigration status, and issues of disownment by family and communities relating to systems of honour and respect.

Culturally specific service provision

Our RAA Team understand the importance of confidentiality and the issues that close family networks can pose for an individual experiencing domestic violence.

Many of the individuals we support do not speak English as a first language and this may have contributed to their isolation. Our RAA Team speak a range of languages, including Punjabi, Gujrati, Urdu, Fiji, Hindi and English.

Emotional and Practical support

Staff can provide emotional and practical support in the following are:

  • Safety planning
  • Culturally appropriate emotional support – one-to-one or in a group
  • Training and employment guidance
  • Legal advice/information
  • Access to healthcare
  • Risk assessment
  • Immigration issues – support for women and men with insecure immigration status
  • Housing applications/transfers
  • Settling into a new home
  • Claiming benefits and budgeting

The 24-Hour Support Service through RAA will help you find peace of your own.