Learn from the Community Discussion about what we can do to raise awareness about domestic and sexual abuse in BAME Communities in Leicester and more

A small group of Quetzal volunteers and staff (n=3) attended the community discussion this week to answer the following questions:

  • What are the key challenges to raising awareness about sexual and domestic violence to Black Asian Minority Ethnic Communities in your local area
  • What do you most struggle with?
  • What one thing would make awareness-raising activities easier?
  • What Would You Do Differently to Raise Awareness about Sexual and Domestic Abuse in Black Asian & Minority Ethnic communities?

It is the second discussion organised by Quetzal supporting the Breaking the Silence Initiative. You can find the result of the first discussion here

What did we learn from the discussion

What are the key challenges to raising awareness about sexual and domestic violence to Black Asian Minority Ethnic Communities in your local area? What do you most struggle with?

  • Not being part of the community of interest can be a challenge. It may be better for someone from the community of interest to lead the conversation and let others facilitate the conversation or provide technical support.
  • There are great reputational risks stopping the victims from moving forward to seek help.
  • The community can also be secretive and concerned by reputational risks if the wider community were to know that the female survivors were abused. They may blame the victims for the abuse.
  • When engaging with families, the intention may be misconstrued as wanting to challenge family dynamic and cultural aspects when actually the intention is to challenge behaviour and to raise awareness about the trauma of childhood sexual abuse.

What one thing would make awareness-raising activities easier?

  • Involving people in activities that are not solely linked to counselling (e.g. community garden)
  • It is important to keep consistent in our awareness-raising efforts and not be stopped by the language barriers. There are still many people who do not know about Quetzal.
  • While spreading the message, work in parallel on developing accessibility, starting with translating Quetzal mesage, its website and some leaflets in one language.

What would you different to raise awareness in Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Group in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland?

  • Engage with churches, temple and mosque and develop relationships with representatives who can deliver message in different language,
  • Participate in culturally-specific events (e.g. The Mela)
  • Engage with radio and podcasts, consider delivering messages in different languages

What’s next?

The participants received the presentation and the outputs of the discussion. They were also given useful information for dissemination in their community including the links to:

Quetzal will take upon the learning to improve their resources, increase their capacity to deliver counselling and interventions in different languages by collaborating with other agencies and groups, acquire greater cultural competencies, and finally develop training programmes that support the emergence of more trauma-informed communities in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Quetzal is consulting different groups between July and September 2021 – if you would like to have a discussion with Quetzal, please contact Marie – marie (at) quetzal.org.uk