There are cultural barriers to reporting domestic abuse in the Polish community. They may be linked to attachment to the traditional family model as well as lack of awareness and confidence in support services in the UK. The tragedy of the victims is magnified by the welfare reform and ever changing conditions around how social support is awarded. Often, women have no or little work history, and sometimes have never acquired a National Insurance Number as the result of isolation they have experience. This - unexpectedly for the EEA nationals - results in the “no recourse to public funds” status, which significantly hinders the level of support the services are able to provide. Magdalena Grzymkowska #16days #przerwijmilczenie
#przerwijmilczenie #16days Eastern European Advocacy Service Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) Service Tel: 07725245777 or 07920799721
Accessing support from a Refuge independent domestic, sexual or gender-based violence advocate who understands a woman’s culture and speaks her language is invaluable. Refuge runs a specialist advocacy service, staffed by multi-lingual expert practitioners, for Eastern European women, men and children. To further reduce the isolation Eastern European women may be experiencing and encourage them to access support, Refuge has trained a team of ‘domestic violence champions’ from the Polish, Romanian and Lithuanian communities, who are able to recognise abuse and support women in the community to access support. Refuge’s specialist Eastern European advocates can help a woman:
- Understand her rights and feel empowered - Access safe accommodation - Navigate the criminal justice system - Access financial support and employment opportunities - Communicate safely with friends and family - Benefit from safe use of technology - Access support from other agencies, such as mental health services - Overcome language barriers - Keep herself and her children safe
Culturally specific services Refuge recognises that all survivors have different needs, some of which may relate to their ethnic background or identity. All forms of gender-based violence including do...