Gendered Harm and Structural Violence in the British Asylum System

Vicky Canning

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book


Britain is often heralded as a country in which the rights and welfare of survivors of conflict and persecution are well embedded, and where the standard of living conditions for those seeking asylum is relatively high. Drawing on a decade of activism and research in the North West of England, this book contends that, on the contrary, conditions are often structurally violent. For survivors of gendered violence, harm inflicted throughout the process of seeking asylum can be intersectional and compound the impacts of previous experiences of violent continuums. The everyday threat of detention and deportation; poor housing and inadequate welfare access; and systemic cuts to domestic and sexual violence support all contribute to a temporal limbo which limits women’s personal autonomy and access to basic human rights.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages194
ISBN (Electronic)9781315720975
ISBN (Print)9781138854659
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2017

Structured keywords

  • SPS Centre for the Study of Poverty and Social Justice


  • asylum
  • Britain
  • Structural Violence
  • sexual violence
  • violence against women
  • torture
  • borders


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