Domestic abuse is a terrible crime and this Government is determined to tackle it. All victims of domestic abuse are entitled to the protection of the civil and criminal law while in the UK – regardless of immigration status. We recognise that there may be additional barriers for migrant women in reporting domestic abuse.
We are currently working to create an evidence base in order to review and improve how the immigration system caters to individuals who have been victims of domestic abuse. This includes the provision of £250,000 funding through the Tampon Tax Fund to Southall Black Sisters to pilot support for women and their children affected by violence and abuse on non-spousal visas with no recourse to public funds.