The Women’s Resource Centre is part of a coalition of organisations working to highlight the devastating impact of this restriction on access to public funds on a particularly vulnerable group of women. The coalition includes Amnesty International UK, Ashiana Network, Apna Haq Project (Rotherham), BAWSO (Wales), British Red Cross, AVA – Against Violence and Abuse (formerly the Greater London Domestic Violence Project), Imkaan, IMECE Turkish Speaking Women’s Group, Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), Kalayaan, Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS), Newham Asian Women’s Project, Refuge, Roshni Asian Women’s Resource Centre (Sheffield), Scottish Women’s Aid, Shakti Women’s Aid, Southall Black Sisters, The Kiran Project, Welsh Women’s Aid, Women’s Aid (England), Women’s Aid Federation of Northern Ireland, and Women’s Resource Centre.
We call on the government to:
- Abolish the ‘no recourse’ requirement for abused women who have insecure status.
- Fast track applications to remain in the UK (process within 2 months) where there is prima facie evidence of domestic violence.
- Reform the Domestic Violence Rule so that all types of evidence of domestic violence are accepted.
- Extend the Domestic Violence Rule to all abused women with an insecure immigration status and introduce similar protection for trafficked women subjected to sexual and economic abuse and to overseas domestic workers experiencing violence from employers.
- Provide adequate levels of legal aid so that there is access to good quality legal advice and assistance.
Take action on No Recourse
The Home Office has recently launched a new scheme that replaces the Sojourner Project, which ran from 2009 – March 2012. Women who are eligible for the new Destitute Domestic Violence Concession will receive benefits and housing for 3 months while they submit an application for Independent Leave to Remain (ILR). This concession represents a major victory for the Campaign to Abolish No Recourse to Public Funds, and for the rights of women at risk of gender based violence and exploitation.
However, there are many other vulnerable victims who are ineligible for this concession and remain without support and without a safety net.
See the press release from the campaign group for more information.
The No Recourse campaign needs your support NOW!
- Take action – write to your MP asking them to urge the Home Secretary, Theresa May, and Minister for Equalities, Lynne Featherstone, to ensure that government schemes for women with no recourse to public funds take into account the concerns of the campaign group. See the campaign statementfor more information.
- Sign your organisation up to the campaign statement. Please contact: Gisela@wrc.org.uk for more information.
- Join the campaign Facebook group and invite others to join.