Destitution, Asylum and Insecure Immigration Status in Scotland - our written evidence to the Scottish Parliament

'SWA welcomes the opportunity to provide a written submission to the EHRiC’s inquiry into the destitution of people who are seeking asylum or have insecure immigration status. We focus this response specifically on women at risk of domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women, who experience destitution as a consequence of their immigration status.

Like all women with experience of domestic abuse, women with insecure immigration status have multiple and intersecting identities which shape their experiences of and vulnerability to destitution. However women with insecure immigration status experience specific patterns of abuse such as domestic servitude, restrictions from learning English, or working outside the home that are underlined with threats relating to their immigration status that increase the potential power of the perpetrator and restrict women’s agency.'

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Staying Safe

If you need immediate help contact Women's Aid, the police domestic abuse liaison officer or your local social work office.

You can also phone Scotland's domestic abuse and forced marriage helpline on 0800 027 1234

Facts & Figures

On one day in Scotland in 2014, 859 women and 400 children and young people were supported by a Women's Aid group (SWA 2014)

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