CAADA eNews - May/June 2012
More support for non-British victims
A new concession allows victims on spousal visas in the UK and escaping from domestic violence access to benefits while they make a claim for indefinite leave to remain. The Destitution Domestic Violence concession was introduced in April 2012. Under previous rules, non-British victims had faced destitution if they chose to leave their abusive partners, as they had no right to access refuges or benefits.
Hannana Siddiqui, member of Southall Black Sisters and Chair of the Campaign to Abolish No Recourse to Public Funds, said: “This concession has taken 20 years to achieve. It's the first time the government has recognised a need to fully protect victims subject to immigration control, and it will make a difference to hundreds of women across the country. It has made the system more humane. It represents a major victory not just for us, but for the whole women's sector and for victims who are facing destitution and immigration problems.”
Before any victims make an application under the concession, they should seek legal advice to check they are eligible first. As soon as they make an application their immigration status will be changed, which could cause complications if they are not entitled to the concession.
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Home Office information about the Destitution Domestic Violence concession.
More information about Southall Black Sisters
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