Step Up Migrant Women Campaign publishes research findings on migrant women reporting to the police

The Right to be Believed: Migrant women facing violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the 'hostile immigration' environment in London, a research report produced by Cathy McIwaine from King's College London, Lucila Granada and Illary Valenzuela-Oblitas from LAWRS/Step Up Migrant Women campaign, was published in May. 

The study involved more than 60 women from 22 different countries with current or previous experiences of VAWG and insecure immigration status, as well as 10 BME-specialist organisations based in London. 

Key barriers to report crimes to the police for migrant survivors were fear of not being believed because of immigration status and fear of deportation. When migrant survivors reported to the police, a quarter were denied support by the police. 

Read the full report here.

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