Protection for victims of domestic violence

The recent announcement by the Home Office that help for migrants forced to flee their relationships as a result of domestic violence is welcomed by Ghuffar Usman, Director and senior solicitor at Usman Khan (UK) Immigration Solicitors.

The new provisions help support victims of domestic violence who came to the UK or were granted leave to stay in the UK as the spouse or partner of a British Citizen or someone settled in the UK. It will help by providing them with a means to access public funds whilst they make a claim to stay permanently in the UK under the Domestic Violence Immigration Rule. It will provide victims who would otherwise be destitute or have no access to public funds with a route to access support services and escape abuse without the added threat of being removed from the UK.

Domestic violence can affect anybody, regardless of their gender, age or background and involves threatening behaviour, violence, or abuse between adults who are or have been in a relationship, or between family members. It can include ‘honour-based violence’ and forced marriages.

“No one should be forced to stay in an abusive relationship and the new provisions introduced from 1st April 2012 will provide victims with the help, support and legal protection they need” said Ghuffar Usman.

“We have already received an increasing number of enquiries involving domestic violence. There is a clear need for the new provisions as the government has estimated the scheme will help 500 people to escape from abusive relationships across the UK” added Ghuffar Usman.

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