Domestic abuse is not commonly spoken about in general and this problem may be worse in groups suffering from discrimination.

People from minority groups may feel that they will face persecution from within their own family and community if they try to get help. People may believe they have too much to lose by leaving, for example, religious or cultural beliefs may forbid divorce or they may fear their family will disown you.

English  may not be their first language so consideration must be given to the range of languages spoken. Agencies should not use family members as translators.

People may fear that they could lose their right to stay in the country if separated from their partner, and may have been threatened with this by the abuser. They may fear the abuser (having links with another country) will take any children abroad without consent. If this is the case, please seek legal advice.

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