Southall Black Sisters (SBS) and the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS) jointly hosted a public meeting #ProtectionForAll: Domestic Abuse Bill and Migrant Women on the 18th of March 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.
SBS and LAWRS are calling for:
- A comprehensive strategy to support and protect migrant women suffering abuse – regardless of migration/refugee status – to be laid before Parliament within a specified timeframe;
- Safe reporting must apply to all sSUPPORTtatutory services including the police and GPs to put victims’ safety before immigration enforcement;
- An extension of the Domestic Violence Rule to all migrant women on non-spousal visas;
- An extension of the timeframe for which the DDVC is available;
- Sustainable and adequate funding of specialist Black and Minority Ethnic organisations and refuges as a statutory obligation;
- Recognition of gender inequality underlying domestic abuse and the disproportionate impact on women and girls.
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