Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Travellers and ethnic minorities 'most frequently abused women'

Women suffering domestic abuse are more likely to be from ethnic groups and the Travelling community, it was claimed today.

A new study found while Traveller women make up just 0.5% of the population, they account for 15% of victims of physical or sexual assaults.

Elsewhere migrant women, who represent 5% of residents, make up 13% seeking help in the face of gender-based violence.

The Women’s Health Council (WHC), which promotes health and social gain for women, called for protection from gender-based violence to be recognised as a human right.


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