The long-awaited government’s Domestic Abuse Bill published earlier this year still leaves migrant women survivors unprotected and excluded from any safety or security when fleeing abuse. The Bill must ensure there is #ProtectionForAll Survivors.
Southall Black Sisters (SBS) and the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) are jointly hosting a public meeting #ProtectionForAll: Domestic Abuse Bill and Migrant Women on the 18th of March at 2-4pm (Committee Room 14) in the Houses of Parliament to discuss the Domestic Abuse Bill and put forward amendments which uphold migrant women’s human rights to safety and justice.
Speakers include: migrant survivors, MPs including Jess Phillips, Dr Philippa Whitford, Carolyn Harris; researchers Dr Cathy McIlwaine (King’s College London), Dr Ravi Thiara (University of Warwick), Pragna Patel (SBS) and Illary Valenzuela-Oblitas (LAWRS).
The meeting is free and open to all. Register here
“The Domestic Abuse Bill fails to offer any meaningful protection to abused migrant women with insecure status. ‘Hostile’ laws and policies on immigration continue to trap migrant women in cycles of abuse, exploitation and destitution. They should be able to access protection and justice but cannot due the operation of the ‘no recourse to public funds’ rule and other restrictions. Freedom from violence and torture is a basic human right; it cannot be dependent on status. We call on the government to do the right thing and match its rhetoric on violence against women with the reality. No more must migrant women be afforded lesser protection and rights than other women in society.”
“Whilst the Government has recognised the dangerous impact of there being barriers to reporting for women with insecure immigration status, it has failed to provide any protective measures to safeguard migrant women’s lives. In their response to the Domestic Abuse Bill consultation, the Government chose to state that migrant women who undergo abuse “may be best served returning to the country of origin”. A Bill that proposes deportation and destitution of highly vulnerable women as a solution to violence is not a Bill that upholds human rights. We need a Bill that gives equal value to the lives of all victims, a bill that prioritises safety and recovery above immigration control. We need a Bill that put victims’ safety first without discrimination.”
Southall Black Sisters
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