EVAW briefing: Women Living in a Hostile Environment

The End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW) has launched a briefing, Women Living in a Hostile Environment. The briefing shows that many women are so fearful of deportation that they do not report crimes of sexual and domestic violence to the police, or seek support to escape the abuse, despite being entitled to protection. EVAW's recommendations include:

  • Putting protection of women from violence before enforcement of immigration controls
  • Ensuring there’s a ‘firewall’ between public services and immigration control so women can get help safely
  • Extending the ‘Destitute Domestic Violence Concession’ (a small, temporary measure to help a limited group of these migrant women) to more women and making it last for a longer period.

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