Neither safety nor justice: UK government response to domestic violence against immigrant women

Anitha, Sundari (2008) Neither safety nor justice: UK government response to domestic violence against immigrant women. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 30 (3). pp. 189-202. ISSN 0964-9069

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Abstract

Based on research findings, this article examines the extent to which Labour government’s policy towards immigrant women experiencing domestic violence responds to their needs. The research itself was conducted in 2007 and included qualitative interviews with 30 South Asian women with no recourse to public funds due to their status as recent marriage migrants, who were living in the North West and Yorkshire regions of England. The working of a key concession within the Immigration Rules (2002) which theoretically offers an opportunity of exit to immigrant women facing domestic violence – the Domestic Violence Rule
– is examined in light of the reality of South Asian women’s experiences, including the nature of domestic violence they face, their patterns of help-seeking, pathways
out of the abusive relationship and their experience of service provision. The central thesis of this paper is that the effectiveness of this legislation is severely hampered by a failure to take into account the multiple dimensions of
disadvantage that recent marriage migrants face.

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Additional Information:Based on research findings, this article examines the extent to which Labour government’s policy towards immigrant women experiencing domestic violence responds to their needs. The research itself was conducted in 2007 and included qualitative interviews with 30 South Asian women with no recourse to public funds due to their status as recent marriage migrants, who were living in the North West and Yorkshire regions of England. The working of a key concession within the Immigration Rules (2002) which theoretically offers an opportunity of exit to immigrant women facing domestic violence – the Domestic Violence Rule – is examined in light of the reality of South Asian women’s experiences, including the nature of domestic violence they face, their patterns of help-seeking, pathways out of the abusive relationship and their experience of service provision. The central thesis of this paper is that the effectiveness of this legislation is severely hampered by a failure to take into account the multiple dimensions of disadvantage that recent marriage migrants face.
Keywords:Domestic violence, Immigrant women, no recourse to public funds, Domestic Violence Rule
Subjects:L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L321 Women's Studies
L Social studies > L330 Ethnic studies
L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:2990
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:22 Jul 2010 18:27
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:29

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