The Government has launched a consultation on measures to be included in a draft Domestic Abuse Bill.

As part of IARS’ public policy work, we regularly respond to government and government agency consultations. We perceive the consultation as an important opportunity to inform policy-makers about the current gaps in legislation regarding the protection of refugee and migrant women, who have experienced domestic abuse in the UK.

The purpose of the response report was to summarise IARS’ and the Women Advisory Board’s (WAB) joint response to the UK Government's consultation on the Domestic Abuse Bill carried out to date. Our response is based on the findings of the IARS Gender and Justice Empowerment Project, which is a 3-year Comic Relief funded project aiming to empower refugee and migrant women to claim their rights and influence decision-makers to introduce safeguards for non-EU citizens living in the UK.

Please read our full response to the consultation below: