Transforming the response to domestic abuse

Closes 31 May 2018

Supporting those with difficulties getting financial support

We recognise that people living in the UK on spousal visas are not entitled to receive financial support from the state in the form of most benefits, tax credits or housing assistance. This is referred to as the ‘no recourse to public funds condition’.

However, these people do have the right to work. Nonetheless, we also recognise that some of these people may encounter issues in accessing financial support if their relationship breaks down as a result of domestic abuse.

The Destitute Domestic Violence Concession [1] is available to provide eligible individuals with a period of three months’ leave outside the immigration rules with access to public funds in order to support them to amongst other things make an application for indefinite leave to remain.

We are currently working to create an evidence base in order to review and improve how the immigration system caters to individuals who have been victims of domestic abuse.

This includes the provision of £250,000 funding through the Tampon Tax to Southall Black Sisters to pilot support for women and their children affected by violence and abuse on non-spousal visas with no recourse to public funds.

15. In addition to reviewing who may be eligible for the Destitute Domestic Violence Concession, what other considerations could the Government make in respect of protecting domestic abuse victims with no recourse to public funds?