In the UK the number of people who came from a minority ethnic group grew by 53 per cent between 1991 and 2001, from 3.0 million in 1991 to 4.6 million in 2001. Whilst much has been written about the impact of these demographic changes in relation to policy issues, black and minority women and children remain under-researched. Recent publications have tended to focus on South Asian women, forced marriage and 'honour' related violence. Moving in the Shadows brings together for the first time in a single volume, an examination of violence against women and children within the diverse communities of the UK. Its strength lies in its gendered focus as well as its understanding of the need for an integrated approach to all forms of violence against women, whilst foregrounding the experiences of minority women, the communities they are part of, and the organizations which have advocated for their rights and given them voice. The chapters contained within this volume explore a set of core themes: the forms and contexts of violence minority women experience; the continuum of violence; the role of culture and faith in the control of women and girls; the types of intervention within multi-cultural and social cohesion policies; the impacts of violence on British-born and migrant women and girls; and the intersection of race, class, gender and sexuality highlighting issues of similarity and difference. Taken together, they provide a valuable resource for scholars, students, activists, social workers and policy-makers working in the field.

chapter |12 pages

Moving in the Shadows


part I|75 pages


chapter 1|26 pages

At the Intersection

Black and Minority Ethnic Women and the Criminal Justice System

chapter 2|18 pages

Multi-faithism and the Gender Question

Implications of Government Policy on the Struggle for Equality and Rights for Minority Women in the UK

chapter 3|18 pages

Violent Intersections

Re-visiting the Traffic in Women and Girls

chapter 4|12 pages

Sexuality and South Asian Women

a Taboo?

part II|113 pages

Forms and Contexts of Violence

chapter 5|22 pages

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

The Fight against Female Genital Mutilation in the UK

chapter 6|14 pages

‘It's all about stopping you from getting on with your life'

Post-separation Violence in the Lives of Asian and African-Caribbean Women

chapter 8|14 pages

Possession or Oppression

Witchcraft and Spirit Possession Accusations as a Form of Ritual Abuse of Children and Women

chapter 9|14 pages

Lost for Words

Difficulties Naming and Disclosing Sexual Violence in Hindi

chapter 10|16 pages

‘True Honour'

Domestic Violence, Forced Marriage and Honour Crimes in the UK

chapter 11|18 pages

“It begins with Sister” 1

Polygyny and Muslims in Britain

part III|79 pages

Interventions and Responses

chapter 12|20 pages

Finding a Voice

African and Caribbean Heritage Women Help Seeking 1

chapter 15|6 pages

Challenging Domestic Abuse in the Arabic Speaking Community

The Experience of Al-Aman

chapter 16|16 pages

A Fuss About Nothing?

Delivering Services to Black and Minority Ethnic Survivors of Gender Violence – The Role of the Specialist Black and Minority Ethnic Women's Sector