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Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Domestic Abuse: immigration and nationality legal aid (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Does the current system of domestic violence destitution and the DV rule guarantee indefinite leave to remain for those on spousal visas? If it were extended to other groups, surely they would live under the same rules.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Domestic Abuse: immigration and nationality legal aid (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Let me explain to somebody who may never have filled in a domestic violence destitution fund form or have had to apply the DV rule in this or any of its forms. The reality is that even if someone has a spousal visa, it does not guarantee them indefinite leave to remain. They still have to apply through every single one of the same rules through which they would ordinarily apply—unless the...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Domestic Abuse: immigration and nationality legal aid (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Personally, Minister, I do not care how people came into the country if they have been beaten up. Anyway, with regard to asylum, when the Minister states here in front of the Committee that we give specialist support to victims in the asylum system, I would absolutely love to hear about some of that specialist support. For example, if someone was a victim of domestic abuse and they entered...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Domestic Abuse: immigration and nationality legal aid (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: If the Minister would like me to intervene again, and tell her what support is—

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Domestic Abuse: immigration and nationality legal aid (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I do not expect the Minister—or even you, Mr Bone—to be able to filibuster long enough to answer this question, to be perfectly honest, but what evidence is there under the current system, in whatever form and in relation to whatever visa, of women lying about domestic violence to get immigration status? Can I have that evidence, compared with the evidence for those who are turned away?...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Domestic Abuse: immigration and nationality legal aid (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: It would be perfectly reasonable for the Government to put in safeguards for evidence in any case, just like the evidential base that we currently have for legal aid in the system for victims of domestic violence, where tests can easily be met. Do you know what? I have spoken enough and I will get another chance.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Domestic Abuse: immigration and nationality legal aid (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I absolutely agree. We have a duty in this place to remove the most pernicious barriers that survivors face in escaping abuse. We can ensure that, in an emergency, every survivor of abuse is treated by the services in the same way at the point of need. We can make it so every victim faces what we in this room would face if we came forward. I urge the Government to consider the amendments and...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Domestic Abuse: immigration and nationality legal aid (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I am not wholly sure that we will be hearing from all the immigration solicitors that I have come across in my life. I think there is a definite problem in the system with regard to some immigration advice that I get to see being charged for and paid for.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Domestic Abuse: immigration and nationality legal aid (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: It certainly is. In these circumstances, people turning up to my office, having forked out £5,000 for a form that they could definitely have filled in by themselves, even if English is not their first language, is a phenomenon. I am afraid to say, I even have some come to my office and ask me to refer people directly to them, as if, like a quid pro quo, they will give free legal advice if we...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Domestic Abuse: immigration and nationality legal aid (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Of course I do, and quite a lot of data has been gathered. It is funny, though, that we are asking for data on some things but not others. Women’s Aid holds at least as much data about no recourse to public funds as Southall Black Sisters, if not more, because they run the No Woman Turned Away programme. However, I noticed that at the evidence session, Lucy Hadley was not asked to provide...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Domestic Abuse: immigration and nationality legal aid (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Absolutely, I have absolutely no doubt that today in this building there is somebody serving us coffee or doing something of service who has no recourse to public funds and is affected by the problem I am talking about. My hon. Friend is exactly right. They are our careworkers and NHS workers. They are the students who keep our universities in money. They are the people who serve us every...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Domestic Abuse: immigration and nationality legal aid (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I absolutely do think that, but obviously not all of them, by any stretch of the imagination. We were told that we were taking back control, but the only thing I feel we actually took back control of was the extra quid I have to pay when I have my period. We will not have to pay the tampon tax anymore. Some of the most vulnerable people in our society are relying on the good will of various...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Domestic Abuse: immigration and nationality legal aid (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I absolutely agree. I love the DDVC and what I am asking for is business as usual for the people serving coffee. I want the situation to be business as usual for everyone. Business as usual should mean that in this country, if someone, no matter who they are, gets punched in the face, or raped in the evening, we say “D’you know what? We’ll help you.” That is the kind of country that...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Controlling or coercive behaviour offence (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Absolutely, and I feel that I have the ear of the Minister in this particular regard. The case is quite clear to me; in the circumstances he has outlined, he is absolutely right. If he thinks that people do not read the statute here, I should say that they certainly do not in Stechford Police Station. The reality is, what would the charge be? I find it difficult to think that the copper, in...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Controlling or coercive behaviour offence (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I appreciate that, and I hope that that would happen in these cases. However, the cases that I am sure will inform the review that the Minister talks about show people often left without an option, rather than with a plethora of different statutory instruments that they could use. The reality is that lots of people simply get sent away with no further action. However, I take on board what the...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Domestic Abuse: immigration and nationality legal aid (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Domestic Abuse: immigration and nationality legal aid (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: There is a lot of me today, Mr Bone. Today we will discuss the issue that has come up every single day that we have sat in Committee. It will come up every single day in between now and Third Reading. In the three years of the passage of this Bill, this issue has been raised pretty much every day. I do not want people to feel that this is my particular hobby-horse, although the issue of how...

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Domestic Abuse: immigration and nationality legal aid (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: Absolutely. I will no doubt come on to the issue of discrimination, but all I would say on that matter is that we have a chance in the Bill to say that all victims and all lives should be included. We could certainly pass comment on the lives that matter and those that do not. Women without access to public funds cannot support themselves and their children independently from the perpetrator....

Public Bill Committee: Domestic Abuse Bill: Controlling or coercive behaviour offence (17 Jun 2020)

Jess Phillips: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. I also do not have a jacket on, but I am not compelled to wear one—I think the only uptick of being a woman in this place is that we can wear whatever we want; it is one of the benefits. I also have trainers on.


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