Domestic Violence, Immigration and No Recourse to Public Funds
A Briefing to amend the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill
SBS welcomes the Domestic Violence Bill as a first step in creating a comprehensive legislative approach to domestic violence in this country. However, the Domestic Violence Bill does not grant protection to those minority women in this country who are subject to domestic violence, immigration control and no recourse to public funds (commonly known as the ‘no recourse to public funds rule’).
We propose that the domestic violence immigration rule, which currently allows some women subject to immigration control and domestic violence indefinite leave to remain in the UK, be extended to all women in this position, and that all types of evidence of domestic violence should be accept as sufficient proof. We also propose that the no recourse to public funds rule be reformed so that all victims of domestic violence are entitled to the financial support and safe accommodation they require to leave an abusive relationship irrespective of their immigration status.
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