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Breaking down barriers: Recommendations for improving sexual abuse reporting rates in British South Asian communities

Harrison, Karen; Gill, Aisha K.

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Aisha K. Gill



Abstract

Sexual abuse reporting rates, which are low in general, are thought to be even worse for those living within British South Asian communities. After brief consideration of why British South Asian women and children do not report sexual abuse, this article focuses on the working practices of the non-governmental agencies that support such women. It reflects on existing legislation and policy and makes several key recommendations with reference to how this, along with practice, should change. The findings indicate an urgent need for a national training programme; the implementation of mandatory healthy relationship programmes; enhanced community involvement; outreach work; and the creation of victim groups and mentor schemes.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 1, 2018
Journal British journal of criminology
Print ISSN 0007-0955
Electronic ISSN 1464-3529
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 58
Issue 2
Article Number azx027
Pages 273-290
APA6 Citation Harrison, K., & Gill, A. K. (2018). Breaking down barriers: Recommendations for improving sexual abuse reporting rates in British South Asian communities. The British journal of criminology, 58(2), 273-290. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azx027
DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azx027
Keywords Sexual abuse reporting; British South Asian victims; Educational programmes; Community involvement
Publisher URL https://academic.oup.com/bjc/article/3748273/Breaking-Down-Barriers-Recommendations-for?searchresult=1
Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in British Journal of Criminology, 2018. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.

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