What is Roshni (Birmingham)?

Roshni is a registered charity, which has been operating for 30 years and is devoted to providing support for South Asian women and their children who have suffered from domestic violence and forced marriage and honour based crimes.  We will support South Asian women from the following countries: 8 Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Nepal,  Sri Lanka and other South Asian countries Tibet, Mauritius,Myanmar,Iran and Burma will be assessed on case by case basis. At Roshni we understand the needs and vulnerabilities of abused women and support them from the initial steps of leaving an abusive relationship through to starting a new life in a new home. As a refuge, Roshni provides safe emergency accommodation, for women and children fleeing domestic violence, honour based crimes and forced marriages. We aim to promote the advancement of education and social welfare of Asian women, to enable them to utilise a maximum range of options and achieve to define and meet their needs themselves.  The nature of our service and experience means that we are culturally sensitive, understanding the pressures that our service users face and the support they need.

Message from our Patron Nina Wadia (Also known as Zainab Masood from EastEnders and star of Goodness Gracious Me):

“Roshni has been helping South Asian women and their children for over 30 years and I’m proud to support them. Why? In desperate times, the most vulnerable people need to feel safe and most importantly feel that they are being heard and supported. Roshni understands how hard it is to make even the initial step towards freedom, providing them with safe emergency accommodation and to eventually starting a new life, in a new home.” 

What is the official definition of domestic violence?

The Government defines domestic violence as “Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.”

For Roshni, domestic violence is physical, sexual, psychological or financial violence that takes place within an intimate or family-type relationship-this includes parents, brothers and sisters, husbands and boyfriend- that forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour. This can include forced marriage and ‘honour crimes’. Domestic violence may include a range of abusive behaviours, not all of which are in themselves inherently ‘violent’.

What is the official definition of forced marriage

A forced marriage is a marriage conducted without the valid consent of one or both people, where pressure or abuse is used. Forced marriage historically was a very common practice in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe.

A marriage without the consent of one or both parties, and where duress is a factor.

An Arranged marriage is very different from a forced marriage. An arranged marriage is entered into freely by both people, although their families take a leading role in the choice of partner.