(UK) Calling Sikh Survivors of Domestic Abuse: SIE Needs To Hear From You

File Photo: Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Southall – one of the prominent Sikh institutions in the UK.

Editor’s Note: Sikh24 is sharing the following post for the benefit of our readers in the UK. We are not affiliated with SIE, or responsible for collecting any survivor stories. Please do not send your information to us and use discretion when contacting the organisation “Sikhs in England” or any other group offering any assistance to survivors of domestic abuse.

Following the Sikhs In England (SIE) drafting of a ‘Charter to reduce domestic abuse for adoption by faith communities’ about ten years ago, the group is seeking up to 100 true stories from Sikh survivors of domestic abuse that will form one part of a publication. The other parts will include:

1. Signposting to other relevant support services.

2. A summary of relevant legal processes.

3. Proposals for inclusion in a national Action Plan that Gurdwaras and other Sikh organisations can implement.

Survivors are invited to submit their experiences in approximately 3000 words but limited to 5000 words.

The submission should:

  • Be factually correct.
  • Primarily based in the UK
  • Can be annonymised (guidance on how to do this available upon request).

Have structure:-

  • How and when it started.
  • Types if abuse including coercive and controlling behaviour.
  • Who was involved (perpetrator, family, friends & relatives).
  • Chronology of events.
  • How did it end – or if ongoing after legal result.
  • Any suggestions that could have helped during the whole period.

It will be necessary to give consent for publication.

Harmander Singh of Sikhs In England is coordinating this work in collaboration with several women who have first-hand experience of helping survivors.

Email your contribution or queries to harmanders@btinternet.com or call 07958 94 6868.

Timescales

Deadline for collection of experiences: 31 December 2020.

First draft 31 March 2021.

Final draft 31 July 2021

To publishers 31 October 2021

Print by 31 December 2021

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