Report – Preventing sexual violence against young women from African backgrounds

Report – Preventing sexual violence against young women from African backgrounds

16 April 2018

This report explores how young women of African refugee and migrant backgrounds understand and experience sexual coercion and violence.

This report has been published by the Australian Institute of Criminology.

The study explored the experiences of young women of African background with regard to sexual coercion and violence, and service responses to this.

Through interviews with service providers and young women, the following themes were identified:

  • women were becoming aware of sexual violence and coercion
  • women faced community and practical barriers to seeking help
  • contacting police is often the only known response and is used as a last resort.

Recommendations are given to improve policy, practice and professional development in order to better respond to these young women and to develop culturally sensitive ways of raising this issue within their communities.

Access the report via the Australian Institute of Criminology website.

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