Domestic Abuse Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:55 pm on 2nd October 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes Independent, Romsey and Southampton North 3:55 pm, 2nd October 2019

I welcome the comments that the hon. Gentleman makes and those that my right hon. Friend Karen Bradley, a former Culture Secretary, made when she said that she was trying to do what he suggests. Of course the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government must also be involved. We have heard so much about health, relationships and sexual education in schools, so the Department for Education also of course has a role to play.

I urge the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, the hon. Member for Louth and Horncastle to do what she can to make sure that we are doing more for migrant women, bearing in mind that the destitute domestic violence concession is currently available only to those who come here on a family visa. We must consider those who are here as partners of refugees, those who are here en route to settlement but who have not yet got their protected status, and those who are here on tier 4 visas. We have heard much about older victims, but younger people, those who might be here as students, can also suffer from domestic abuse.