BAED WORLDS Group is a multi-agency group set up to explore recovery support for BAED women suffering abuse during the Covid-19 outbreak in Oxfordshire. The new group is part of a wider recovery group, Mapping of Domestic Abuse Recovery Services in Oxon, hosted by Oxfordshire County Council and has special focus on the specific challenges faced by BAED women.
Prior to the group set up, Oxford Against Cutting (OAC) brought together a temporary working group to consider the additional barriers created by lockdown that prevented women from BAED communities reaching specialist services. The temporary working group included local stakeholders, Karma Nirvana and the National FGM Centre. OAC subsequently ran a Thames Valley-wide poster campaign to raise awareness of support services.
The BAED WORLDS Group is currently running for an initial period of 6 months (until end February 2021) and hosted by Oxford Against Cutting, chaired by Kate Agha, Naseem Sarbatta-Walia and temporary Co-Chairs Sobia Afridi and Inder Kaur-Singh (Inclusion and Community Engagement Manager for the CPS). The Group Coordinator is Hauwa Suleiman.
The group will also report to a Thames Valley Partnership group working on these issues and will be informed by the findings from a 2-year Thames Valley BAMER Project Report by Agya Poudyal.
The first initiative of the group was to create Best Practice Guidance that you can read here.
If you would like to learn more about the group or get involved please contact Hauwa at email@example.com