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‘Rampant, hidden violence’ against Sikh women revealed by report

A new report published by Sikh Women's Aid has highlighted the 'rampant, hidden violence against women and girls in the Sikh/Panjabi community'.

Of the 674 women who responded to a survey in the summer of 2021, 70 per cent saw themselves of survivors of domestic abuse but only 34 per cent had told anyone about it. Child sexual exploitation or abuse has been experience by 35 per cent of those asked, 87 per cent of it against females. The data suggest that victims are more likely to be abused by someone in their family setting or someone known to them (38 per cent) than by online exploitation (1.5 per cent).

Sixty-five per cent of respondents say that their abuse has had a long-lasting impact on their physical or mental wellbeing.

The report calls for more academic research to be carried out on the extent of abuse in the Sikh/Panjabi community. The report also recommends:

• A focus on early education and respectful recommendations;

• Properly funded prevention programmes;

• Culturally sensitive and trauma informed projects and service accessible to victims; and

• Multi-lingual and culturally appropriate perpetrator programmes.

For the report, click here.

25/11/21