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The book is based on an original study that was undertaken by IARS between 2012 and 2013 with funding from Comic Relief. Through user-led research methods, the book aims to provide much needed evidence on the experiences of refugee and asylum seeking women who have been victims of abuse and power. The locus is London and the service areas that were investigated were health and legal. The findings are staggering and timely. The book also proceeds with a number of evidence-based solutions for government and its services, which have recently been extremely reactionary and political in their immigration policies.
This book is unique both in its content and methodology as its evidence was collected directly by the user. The voices of refugee and asylum seeking women are directly heard. It is now time to listen.
Reviews: "This book could not be more timely as its exclusive focus is the investigation of the experiences of one of the most vulnerable groups in modern British society. Migrant and asylum seeking women who have been, and in most cases continue to be, victims of violence and sexual abuse face multiple challenges and are exposed to higher risks for discrimination”. Lynne Berry, OBE
Contents: Preface & Acknowledgements, Theo Gavrielides; Forewords, Lynne Berry; Introduction and impetus for the book; Research strategy; The impact of gender and experiences of gender-related persecution on refugee and asylum seeking women in the UK: a review of the literature; Refugee and asylum seeking women's experiences of health services in Greater London: findings from the fieldwork; Refugee and asylum seeking women's experiences of legal services in Greater London: findings from the fieldwork; What matters when receiving legal and health services; Discussion & recommendations; Bibliography.
About the author: Holly Challenger was a Research & Policy Coordinator at IARS. After graduating from Cambridge University, Holly worked in the refugee sector in London. Her first-hand experience of working directly with refugees and asylum seekers led to the concept for this project and enabled her to engage with this vulnerable group in the research process. Having independently identified the need for this resarch, Holly received support from IARS to seek funding from Comic Relief.