‘BME and migrant survivors are frequently forced to choose between remaining in a violent situation, or accessing a public service which might trigger immigration enforcement action,’ says campaigner.
Written by Maya Oppenheim, The Independent
Lead organisations supporting black and minority ethnic survivors of domestic abuse have urged Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn to take the chance to effect “systemic” changes to protect women from domestic violence after the general election.
Imkaan, an umbrella organisation dedicated to addressing violence against black and minority ethnic (BME) women, was involved in penning an open letter to the prime minister and the leader of the opposition.
The organisation, which comprises more than 40 service providers, noted BME survivors are currently subjected to a postcode lottery of “patchy and inconsistent” support provision contingent on where they are living.
The open letter sets out six steps the Labour and Conservative leaders would need to take to address the funding crisis engulfing the sector, and protect women who are subjected to sexual, physical and emotional abuse.