Due to an unprecedented volume of referrals, we regret that we are unable to accept any new referrals between Wednesday 1st December 2021 and Wednesday 5th January 2022. We will continue to prioritise urgent cases and will take high-risk referrals only if a CAADA-DASH risk assessment has been undertaken and is attached with the referral. We will also continue to accept MARAC referrals. Our No Recourse Fund remains open for applications and referrals. Our Helpline (020 8571 9595) remains open between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday – Friday until Friday 17th December, when SBS will close for the holidays until Wednesday 5th January 2022. 

You can reach the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247. If you are in immediate danger, dial 999.

On Wednesday 23 June 2021, our director Pragna Patel will give evidence on behalf of SBS to the People’s Tribunal of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). CEDAW is the body of independent experts from around the world that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the international treaty on the rights of women. SBS’ testimony will focus on the particular circumstances of black and minority ethnic (BME) women subject to gender-based violence in the UK. It will reflect our efforts to ensure that BME women’s rights are upheld to internationally agreed standards on equality and non-discrimination and to have CEDAW enshrined in domestic law. Our evidence will amongst other things, touch on the barriers faced by migrant women, the trend towards gender neutral policies on domestic abuse and women’s lack of equal access to justice brought about by cuts to legal aid and the rise of parallel legal systems that reinforce fundamentalist forms of coercive control over women and girls, and, the government’s attacks on judicial reviews. See Pragna Patel’s Witness Statement here – Witness Statement Pragna[58]