The actor and writer Michaela Coel , singer FKA twigs and party for women 's equality are part of this support calls for the introduction of compulsory training for police and officers.these supporting black women victims of domestic violence.
A video campaign which was launched on Wednesday Women are at increased risk of ending up with their attackers after the call from police due to an incident of violence.
The campaign is underway by Sistah Space , a charity against domestic violence supporting women of African and Caribbean origin. Its general manager, Ngozi Fulani , said: "Without making this life-saving training compulsory, black women must stake their lives to find out if the officer who intervenes on the scene is cable to detect unique signs of abuse in black. environments on black skin.
"Too often black women are rejected by law enforcement, paying with their lives for mistakes that can be made. avoided simply by applying Valerie's law. "
The Valerie's law petition , which has nearly 17,000 signatures, bears the name Valerie Forde, who was murdered by her elder partner in 2014 alongside their 22 month old daughter. She had already asked the police for help after her ex threatened to burn the house down with her, but it was registered as a threat to the property .
The British musician FKA twigs , who accused actor Shia LaBeouf of physical, emotional and verbal abuse in a lawsuit filed last December ( allegations that it denies ), provided the voiceover for the campaign film.
It features Call the Midwife actress Megan Cusack and Future Star Leah Harvey Apple TV fantasy Foundation , which plays a woman left with her attacker after a police officer fails to acknowledge her assault - a chilling warning about the over-reliance on the appparence of physical injury, which may be less evident on darker skin tone.
Harvey told The Guardian, "I sympathize with anyone going through hardship, but this particular cause concerns black women who are not treated equally to their white counterparts. I support this law as someone who feels the effects every day of living in a society where the infrastructure has been built by those who have not seen black people. "
According to the research of Sistah Space , 86% of women of African and / or Caribbean origin in the UK have been victims of domestic violence or know of a family member who was assaulted. However, only 57% of victims said they would report the abuse to the police.
The Fulani reportedare: “There is a lack of confidence because the police do not take black women who have been seriously assaulted. They are not always believed and there is a pervasive stereotype that black women are tough and don't need as much protection as white women.
“Many of our service users return to abusive situations, give up or are even suicidal.
The charity saw a 400% increase in calls during the pandemic, but the Fulani said it was disappointed it didn't There was no more public support for black women at risk.
She said, "Everyone knows the name Sarah Everard and of course when. 'she disappeared, we all felt it because she is a woman who should have been safe on the street.
"But we quickly realized that therehas a different response from the media and especially the police when a black woman goes missing. "
Mandu Reid , the leader of the 'Equ ality party, said a mandate requiring relevant organizations to address racial or cultural barriers to reporting violence and abuse was long overdue. She said: "C is an essential step in building trust between communities of color and the police and criminal justice system. "
A response to the government petition said there was no need to make the training mandatory as current ng trainings on domestic violence should include recognition of the specific needs of victims due to their ethnic or cultural background. Domestic Abuse Act introduced more early this year was a game-changer and would strengthen the response to victims across all agencies.