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Advocacy Centre for Eastern European

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initiative is she. provides culturally sensitive support for disadvantaged group of Eastern European Minority women in Scotland.

It includes women from the former Eastern Bloc countries: Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, as well as the Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

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The Rescue and Response Programme

It can be argued that the Eastern European Minority women’s experience of domestic abuse can be intensified by the fact that they are no longer in the country of their birth and may no longer have recognised support networks.

EEM women may also be unable to speak the English language. Therefore, the way of accessing support for domestic abuse victims amongst Eastern European Minority women in Scotland should be viewed in the context of the social processes associated with their migration experience.

If their needs are unknown, this is a potential area of growth in terms of health and social care issues.

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The Community Resettlement Programme

Approximately 11% of women in prison in UK are foreign nationals. Some are known to have been coerced into offending or trafficked.

In September 2018 approximately 60% of foreign national women in prison in UK were from Europe, with largest groups from Romania, Poland and Ireland.

We offer a wide range of services to support women from Eastern European Minority in Scotland with experience of the criminal justice system.

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The Positive Change Programme

For migrant sex workers, there are a wider range of factors that may result in engagement in sex work. The inability to find work in their home countries is one reason why migrants (especially women from Eastern Europe) have migrated to the UK and ended up working in the UK sex work industry. Migrants were found to engage in sex work to fund aspirations of social mobility, better living standards, educational aspirations, and greater and more rewarding working conditions. In many instances, migrants engage in sex work to earn money which they send back to their home countries to support families, including their own children and other dependants.

Mai,N.(2009) Migrant Workers in the UK Sex Industry

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Posted on November 17, 2020
Key statistics regarding women in prisons

A round-up and latest key statistics regarding women affected by the criminal justice system. Including foreign national women in prison.

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Posted on November 13, 2020
Mity i fakty o przemocy w rodzinie

Myths and facts about domestic abuse. Polish version. Mity i fakty o przemocy w rodzinie. Wersja w języku polskim.

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