MIGRANT WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN SUFFER DOMESTIC ABUSE IN SILENCE – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORT 2019

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The UK’s 2019 Domestic Abuse Bill will be the first time a statutory definition of domestic abuse includes other forms of aggression, apart from physical violence. Photo: Shutterstock

UK gets tough on domestic abuse as ‘helpless’ Chinese women suffer in silence

Migrant women in the UK who’ve suffered domestic abuse find it virtually impossible to get the help and protection they need.

 

ALICE HAWKINS, LEICESTER suffragette Photo Credit: CRIMSON TAZVINZWA`

 

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.

Every woman has the right to be safe from domestic abuse.

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