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Written Evidence on Violence Against Women and Girls

13 May 2014

The AIRE Centre's evidence on violence against women and girls to the Joint Committee on Human Rights has been published.

The AIRE Centre believes that the UK should ratify the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (‘the Convention’) and put in place concrete mechanisms in the UK to ensure the principle aims of this Convention are properly met. Without doing this, the UK authorities would in many cases fail to comply with their positive obligations towards victims under the European Convention on Human Rights (‘ECHR’).

The AIRE Centre has identified the following particular problems within our expertise, which persist in relation to women victims of violence in the UK:

  1. Access to adequate financial assistance and support for EEA national victims of domestic violence
  2. Uncertain immigration provision for third country national durable partners of EEA nationals whose relationship breaks down due to violence

We would urge a more victim-centred approach to be adopted towards all victims of gender based violence, particularly in ensuring that such women are legally entitled to safe and secure accommodation, suitable to their circumstances and that they are provided with all necessary support and assistance in accordance with the Convention.

Read the full submission here

Find out more about the AIRE Centre's work on domestic violence

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