Migrant women in the UK who’ve suffered domestic abuse find it virtually impossible to get the help and protection they need.
They are often blocked from accessing public funds and turned away from refuges, many are too scared to report violence to the police or other services, for fear of being detained or deported.
‘In Chinese culture, domestic violence is family business, nothing to do with the community or the authorities’, says caseworker
They have good reason to be worried. Last year, 60% of UK police forces admitted they referred victims of crime to the Home Office for immigration purposes.
‘Migrant women deserve to have safe reporting mechanisms and to be protected.’
Elizabeth Jiménez Yáñez – coordinator Step Up Migrant Women
The UK government has promised to change domestic abuse laws, but the current plans fail to protect migrant women. That’s why we’re campaigning with the Step Up Migrant Women coalition to make sure this changes.