Ashiana has nearly thirty years experience of working with Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) women and children arriving in Sheffield and recently arrived from all over the world, fleeing domestic and sexual abuse and abuse within a range of multiple perpetrator systems such as forced marriage, human trafficking, gang violence and 'honour'-based violence. We have a vast body of experience of supporting women suffering the effects of recent and lifelong trauma, from widely different religious, linguistic and geographical communities and experiences and confronted with sharing intimate living spaces at points of crisis and potential breakdown in their lives.
Ashiana Sheffield has been in existence as an organisation since 1981 and currently provides refuge accommodation and floating support services to Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) women and children who are survivors of partner and family abuse, including forced marriages and honour-based violence, or who have been trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation or domestic servitude. Ashiana Sheffield is part of a national network of independent Black and Asian women’s refuges across the U. K. Working closely with generic refuges while maintaining clear identities of their own.
The women we support state that being supported by a BAMER service is a key factor in helping them feel safe in accessing the criminal justice system, whether this concerns reporting to the police, or pursuing a prosecution. When faced with a system which remains both institutionally sexist and institutionally racist, BAMER women face an uphill battle to make their views heard. Ashiana plays a key role both in helping BAMER women access their rights, and in advocating on their behalf. Their voice will be significantly reduced, if not silenced, without a strong black women’s organisation such as ours to articulate these experiences.
Ashiana has developed particular expertise in working with high risk cases of forced marriage, honour based violence, survivors of trafficking and women with no recourse to public funds. We work in partnership with the IDVAS service around specialspecialist support for high risk BAMER women and children and provide support to the MARAC Board for high risk BAMER victims.
Ashiana Sheffield aims to:
- Provide Floating Support Service for Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) women and children needing support in their own homes/tenancies
- Provide emergency accommodation and support in the community for BAMER women and children experiencing domestic abuse, forced marriages and honour-based violence, or who have been trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation or domestic servitude and ensuring services are reflective of relevant quality standards
- To develop an integrated training and development strategy for delivering the objects of the charity in the context of government policy and wider developments in the field of domestic abuse services to BAMER women
- An advocacy service for BAMER women with a particular focus on women who have experienced domestic violence (and linked issues like honour based violence and forced marriage); mental ill health or who are carers (funded by BIG Lotteries programme)
- Provide volunteering opportunities for ex-service users and Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic and Refugee women in the community (funded by BIG Lotteries programme)
Established: June 1981
Registered Charity Number: 1120401
Phone number: 0114 2555740
Address: Knowle House 4 Norfolk Park Road Sheffield S2 3QEView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website