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Migrant women are being 'failed' - city MP; ABUSE.

Migrant women fleeing abusive relationships are being "failed" by the UK Government, a north-east politician has claimed.

Aberdeen North MP Kirsty Blackman has called on ministers to extend protections in the Domestic Abuse Bill to enable all migrant women to access vital protection from abuse.

Currently, protection is only offered to people here on spousal visas, meaning a cohort of vulnerable women are cut-off from financial support which could allow them to flee an abusive relationship.

Mrs Blackman, who has tried to extend protections through her own private member's bill, said: "The Tory government's lack of action on this issue may see people, of which a disproportionate number are women, forced to return to an abusive partner or be trapped in a cycle of destitution."

The government has committed to reviewing the statutory response available for migrant survivors of domestic abuse, but Mrs Blackman along with the Step-Up Migrant Women Coalition and Amnesty has warned that this does not go far enough.

The Home Office has previously been criticised on this issue after a minister, in response to Mrs Blackman, said they "expect people who arrive in the UK as a partner of a temporary migrant to return to their own country if their relationship with that person breaks down".

A UK Government spokesman said that the department is "committed to ensuring that all victims of crime are treated first as victims, regardless of their immigration status".

"Women forced to return to an abusive partner"

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 23, 2019
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