Breaking down barriers: increasing sexual abuse reporting rates in British South Asian communities,

Aisha K. Gill, Karen Harrison

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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.

© 2017, The Author(s), published by Oxford University Press. The attached document (embargoed until 22/04/2019) is an author produced version of a paper published in BRITISH JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY uploaded in accordance with the publisher’s self- archiving policy. The final published version (version of record) is available online at the link. Some minor differences between this version and the final published version may remain. We suggest you refer to the final published version should you wish to cite from it.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2017


  • sexual abuse reporting
  • British South Asian victims/survivors
  • educational programmes
  • community involvement

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