Black and Minority Ethnic Women
Stirling Women's Aid is pleased to host an outreach and capacity building worker from Shakti Women's Aid, who will provide support across the Forth Valley area. Shakti Women's Aid is a voluntary organisation offering support and information to black and minority ethnic (BME) women and their children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse.
What support is offered?
Our outreach service offers information, emotional and practical support for BME women and children. We can offer support to access information and practical support from other agencies such as benefits and housing as well as legal issues like immigration or divorce. We can provide support women to get a lawyer and legal aid, and to access education, employment and training. We can also provide advocacy to ensure that black and minority ethnic women get fair entitlement to services. We provide one to one emotional support which can be done on a face to face basis, over the phone or over email.
Why is it necessary to have a specialist service for black and minority ethnic women?
Shakti understands the complex issues faced by black and minority ethnic women and children. We understand that sometimes it can be difficult them to go to mainstream services because they may not speak the language, may lack knowledge and understanding of the system and/or may feel that their culture is not respected. For this reason, many BME women choose to access a specialist service such as this one.
Interpreters are available on request. We will make every effort to ensure that a female interpreter is available.
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