Karishma Dharni

The Domestic Abuse Bill & Migrant Women: Briefing Paper 2

Government announces ‘ground-breaking’ Domestic Abuse Bill, yet continues to exclude abused migrant women from protection

Today, the Government has introduced its Domestic Abuse Bill to Parliament, setting out a package of measures to protect victims of abuse. It has been described as a ‘ground- breaking’ Bill and previously was deemed to be a ‘once in a generation opportunity’ to address domestic abuse in our society. Despite the rhetoric, we are concerned that it continues to exclude abused migrant women from protection that ought to be enshrined in the Bill itself. Abused migrant women are denied vital routes to safety at a time when the number of women seriously harmed and killed is increasing and where the climate of impunity for abusers is growing, not diminishing. SBS is concerned that the government is missing a key moment in the history of domestic abuse legislation in the UK to deliver a really pioneering Bill that is non-discriminatory, that complies with human rights standards and that leaves no-one excluded from accessing protection and justice.

Pragna Patel, director at Southall Black Sisters:

“The failure to include proper and meaningful protection for BME and migrant women in the Bill represents a huge setback for the government’s attempts to show that it cares about all victims of abuse and violent crimes. We are aware that an internal review on the issue of the ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ condition is currently being undertaken but we have had no information about this and worry that proposals will fall far short of the government’s commitments under the Istanbul Convention, including the need to protect all women without discrimination, irrespective of their migrant status. We call on the government to make the review process more transparent, to make public its terms of reference and to provide a long-term sustainable solution that enables abused migrant women and their children to report abuse and to live in security and dignity.”

Please see our briefing paper on abused migrant women here.

Supported By

If you endorsed SBS’ first briefing paper, then your name has already been transferred to this list:

Cris McCurley – Ben Hoare Bell LLP
Latin American Women’s Rights Service
Nia Project
Women’s Aid Integrated Services, Nottingham
Angelou Centre
Surviving Economic Abuse
End Violence Against Women Coalition
Women’s Resource Centre
Professor Aisha K. Gill, University of Roehampton
Asian Women’s Resource Centre
Aanchal Women’s Aid
Against Violence and Abuse (AVA)
Ashiana Network London
Women’s Aid Scotland
IMECE Women’s Centre
Solace Women’s Aid
Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights
Kiran Support Services
Women’s Aid
Welsh Women’s Aid
Rights of Women
Amnesty International
London Black Women’s Project
Dr Ravi Thiara, University Of Warwick
Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit
Dr Sundari Anitha, University of Lincoln
Asylum Support Appeals Project
Migrant’s Rights Network
One Law for All
Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain
Gita Sahgal, Centre for Secular Space
Leyla Burn, Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid
Carole Shepard
Nicci Wonnacott
Sophie Parkinson
Lanis Levy
Saskia Gibbons
Kathy Leach, NHS
Alice McGee, Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Trust
Rasha Hamid
Emily Collinson
Kruti Walsh, Filia
Roisin Ross, Solace women’s aid
Abi Wyatt, Independent
Julia Gray
Mandi Whittle, Private
Jennifer Milligan
Leyla Buran, Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid
Helen Race
Radhika Handa
Jane Lewis
Rachel Slater
David Fiddaman
Hannah Coombes, Women’s Resource Centre
Lorraine Simpson
Sarah Hopwood
Claire Gowson
Francesca Jarvis, RASASC
Blessing Aziegbemi
Janet McDermott, Women’s Aid
Sonia Kumari
Susan flindt
Lauren Holt
Bev White
Alex Morgan
Nicola Benge
Margaret Swift, KRAN
Carole Shepherd
Nadia Chalabi, Hackney Migrant Centre
Fiaza Manzoor, Trafford Rape Crisis
Emma Gibney
Marta Righetti, Bromley & Croydon Women’s Aid
Julie Kavanagh
Jude lancet, Haringey Migrant Support Centre
Kavya Gupta
Sushmeethaa Khurana, School
Raheela Saleem, Centre for Human Development
Maureen Storey, Vida Sheffield
Kaiisha Kukendra-Rajah
Catriona Heggie
Lucy Cohen
Thea Raisbeck
Andrya Prescott

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