“The Bill barely tinkers at the edges of what is necessary to ensure migrant women are treated fairly”
This article outlines the response of Sisters For Change, alongside the Step Up For Migrant Women Coalition (the SUMW Coalition), led by the Latin American Women’s Rights Service, to the production of the draft domestic abuse bill in January of this year.
Government’s draft Domestic Abuse Bill falls short on protecting victims from perpetrators using immigration status as a ‘weapon to abuse’
Responding to the first draft of the UK Government’s Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill which was published earlier today, the Step Up Migrant Women coalition are warning that current proposals will fail to offer migrant women the protections they need.
Step Up Migrant Women (SUMW) – a coalition of more than 30 organisations, including the Latin American Women’s Rights Service (LAWRS), Southall Black Sisters, Amnesty International UK, Sisters For Change and End Violence Against Women Coalition – welcomes the Government’s commitment to tackle domestic abuse and violence and put survivors at the heart of its plans. However, SUMW is urging the government to ensure equal protection for migrant, refugee and BAME women survivors of domestic abuse who often slip through the gaps because of their particular experiences of violence. Read full article here.