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Black, minority and ethnic groups

Domestic abuse and sexual violence can affect anyone irrelevant of race or culture.

The form that the abuse takes may vary. For example the abuse may be perpetrated by extended family members or could include forced marriage and female genital mutilation. Victims from BME communities may also be more isolated or may have to overcome religious and cultural pressures. There may also be the added fear of bringing shame on the family and of being rejected by the local community.

This section will offer guidance in some of the issues that can face BME communities.

Topics covered include:

  • forced marriage
  • honour based violence
  • female genital mutilation
  • no recourse to public funds.

Other sections in this guidance include adults, children, male victims, LGBT, disability and directory of services.

A leaflet produced by Derbyshire Police on forced marriage, honour based violence and female genital mutilation is attached to this page.

Useful documents

Documents are published in either Portable Document Format (PDF) or standard Microsoft Office formats. You can download software to view these documents for free if you are unable to view them.