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Their website can be accessed at https://www.sistahspace.org/


GoFundMe Information:

VALERIE'S LAW,
(Culturally specific DV training programme on the Black Sistah-Liner, canal boat)

It's been a tough year for most of us, but WITH THE HELP OF THE COMMUNITY, WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING POSITIVE THAT WILL CREATE POSITIVE CHANGE.

The last 12 month have been among the most challenging of our lives. Not only because of the Covid-19 Pandemic but because of discrimination we faced by our local Council. We were displaced and our local borough denied us a safe space to continue supporting DV victims. YOU STOOD WITH US and we have managed to find a temporary location.

Sadly, following the tragic murder of Sarah Everard, a clear distinction has been made blatantly obvious about how black female victims of crime are treated by police, media, and society and white victims are. Black women victims of DV are less likely to receive equal and adequate support. We give examples:

Valerie Forde, was murdered in Hackney, London on the 31/03/2014 after attempting to get help after a threat was made to her life and the lives of her children. It was logged as a 'Threat to property' and so no safeguarding was done and Valerie and baby RJ were viciously murdered by an ex partner.

Joy Gardner, who was killed by a group of immigration officers, men who in their determination to deport her, sat on her back and legs and wrapped tape around her eyes, nose and mouth. This was done in front of Joy's young child. Joy suffocated to death.

Cherry Groce, who had been shot in the back and paralysed from the waist down. This shooting was carried out in front of Cherry's young children.

The list is endless, with no public outcry and no media attention. This sends a clear message to black victims and perpetrators that BLACK LIVES DON'T MATTER. We believe that training can change this.

We want to access a safe space on a canal so that we can once again enjoy the calmness of the water. Many black women speak of living in council flats with no garden and no access to homes or 'places by the water'. This fund will support us in achieving that safe space.

The donation will help us purchase a permanent 'get away' space which we will call the Black Sistah-liner. This will be on the canal where victims can enjoy occasional breaks, and Sistah Space will deliver 'Valerie's Law' safety training to community members.

As always, we are very grateful for your support and for proving that to you, BLACK LIVES MATTER.