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Migrants and domestic abuse

Supporting migrant victims of abuse in Northern Ireland

Precarious immigration status compounds the difficulties faced by migrant victims and survivors of domestic abuse. Due to restrictions caused by immigration law, victims can find themselves ineligible to access safe housing, essential support and even healthcare.

This paper presents seven recent Law Centre cases that starkly illustrate these difficulties. While immigration policy is made at Westminster, we outline a number of measures that could be adopted by Northern Ireland government departments to support migrant victims of abuse in this jurisdiction.

LCNI response to TEO strategic framework to end violence against women and girls Oct 2023