UK: Ensure the Domestic Abuse Bill Protects Migrant Women
In March 2021, with cross-party support, the House of Lords voted for three amendments to ensure migrant women can access safety and justice after domestic abuse. On the 15th of April, the Domestic Abuse Bill returns to the House of Commons for its final stage. This is a critical time.
Step Up Migrant Women a campaign led by the Latin American Women’s Rights Service and supported by more than 50 organisations standing together for the rights and protection of migrant women in the UK, are asking for our support to help make this Bill truly transformational.
You can add your voice by writing to your MP and asking them to vote on April 15th for these amendments that will make sure the Bill gives equal protection to migrant women experiencing domestic abuse.
- Clause 40: Extending eligibility for the existing Domestic Violence (DV) Rule and Destitution Domestic Violence Concession (DDVC) to all migrant women experiencing or at risk of abuse.
- Clause 41: An end to the police unnecessarily sharing victims information with immigration enforcement.
- Clause 43: A commitment to providing equally effective protection and support regardless of immigration status, in line with the Istanbul Convention.
The UK signed the Istanbul Convention, the international gold standard for preventing violence against women and girls, nearly nine years ago, yet we have still not ratified it. The Domestic Abuse Bill is supposed to bring the UK into compliance, but the government must take the steps to address the remaining hurdle to ratification –having provisions for migrant women.