Humraaz Support Services provides confidential specialist support to Black and Minority Ethnic women who are experiencing Domestic Abuse and all forms of Harmful Traditional Practices.
Harmful Traditional Practices are forms of violence which have been committed primarily against women and girls in certain communities and societies for so long that they are considered, or presented by perpetrators, as part of accepted cultural practice. The most common of these are Forced Marriage, “so called” Honour based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation.
We are an independent organisation founded in 2002 and registered as a charity in 2005. We work in partnership with local and national statutory organisations and have vast experience with the voluntary sector.
Humraaz Refuge provides sanctuary and holistic support to women and their children. We are a culturally sensitive service and understand the intersecting and diverse needs. These include gender, race, social class, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, mental illness, and physical illness as well as other forms of identity. Part of this work includes addressing personal issues, concerns around family life, the community and also the environment in which the women live.
Humraaz aims to empower service users by teaching life skills which enable them to become independent, take control of their lives and determine their own future. They are encouraged to participate in challenging and stimulating activities within a safe environment, the ultimate goal being to build self-esteem and confidence. This develops the ability to access services and make the most of opportunities to provide their own security and financial independence.