Thousands at risk from domestic abuse across the West Midlands

A group of housing associations are calling for more to be done across the West Midlands to help those who are vulnerable to domestic abuse, particularly among those in the South Asian community.

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Why domestic abuse hidden in South Asian community

Speaking to ITV News Central Sameena Ali-Khan earlier, a cultural expert explained why domestic violence and abuse is such a hidden problem in the South Asian community.

Dr Karan Jutlla is an expert on migration and examined different cultural attitudes while carrying out her PHD at the University of Worcester.

She told ITV News Central that although domestic violence is relevant across all communities, it is so hidden in South Asian relationships because of the additional cultural pressure placed on women in households, and their loss of identity and inability to speak out when they enter into married life.

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Asian film maker accused of shaming culture by highlighting domestic violence

There are calls for more to be done to help thousands of people suffering in silence from domestic abuse across the West Midlands. Figures released today suggest 25 thousand women were helped in Birmingham last year alone, but only 1 in 3 contacted police.

Experts say those from South Asian communities are even less likely to get help, with many victims too afraid to speak out because of cultural and family pressures. Now a young film-maker is using his work to challenge attitudes in his community.

Chris Halpin has been speaking to a mother and daughter, whose names we've changed, so they could share their story.


Unreported domestic abuse far exceeds crime figures

Still from the film '25 minutes of a life' Credit: Bhulla Beghal

Experts are warning many victims of domestic abuse in the West Midlands are suffering in silence, after a conference heard 25,000 women were helped by organisations in Birmingham in the last year alone.

Delegates at the event organised by Midlands housing Association the Accord Group heard how women need to be helped across every community in the region, as the number of cases of violence and abuse far exceed the numbers reported to police.

cases of domestic violence reported to police.
cases involved South Asian households.
women were helped by organisations across Birmingham.

Helplines & information about domestic abuse

Advice for those who may be suffering from domestic abuse Credit: PA

Experts say more than 25 thousand women needed help after suffering domestic abuse across Birmingham last year.

If you need any help or advice on the subject of domestic violence you can visit the following websites for more information.

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