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We are offering a series of three training courses about immigration law for migrant victims of domestic abuse.

Courses are free and will be delivered online via Zoom by one of our immigration lawyers.

Attending all three courses is not necessary; however, we encourage participation in all sessions for maximum benefit.

The courses will be repeated throughout 2024 to ensure as many people can attend as possible.

 

Who can attend?

We can offer places to professionals working on violence against women and girls issues from the community, voluntary and statutory sectors including refuge workers, IDVAs, ISVAs, social workers, housing officers, police officers, education professionals and health professionals.

Priority will be given to professionals from voluntary and community organisations organisations whose role is to provide direct support to victims of domestic abuse.

 

Please note, registration does not guarantee a place on the course. After registering we will review your application and send you a confirmation if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Direct any questions to [email protected]

COURSE FULL - Migrant Victims of Domestic Abuse Concession

This course is now FULL. We will be running this course again in the coming months.

 

This the first course in our Immigration law for migrant victims of domestic abuse series.

Date: 26th of April 2024, Friday

Time: 10.00am – 11.30am

Free

Zoom

The Government made changes to the Destitute Domestic Violence Concession (DDVC), by creating the Migrant Victims of Domestic Abuse Concession (MVDAC) on 16 February 2024. This course addresses what the changes have been.

It will include:

  • the expansion of the Concession to include migrant victim / survivors with other types of immigration status and the different considerations that apply to them;
  • the risks for children of being included in applications and best practice in relation to them.

COURSE FULL - Settlement as a victim of domestic abuse

This course is now FULL. We will be running this course again in the coming months.

This the second course in our Immigration law for migrant victims of domestic abuse series.

Date: 15th of May 2024, Wednesday

Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm

Free

Zoom

For more than two decades, migrant victim / survivors with certain types of partner visa have been able to secure their immigration status on relationship breakdown by applying for settlement as a victim of domestic abuse. This course addresses who can qualify under this route and explores the impact of changes introduced by government since 31 January 2024.

It will include:

  • the expansion of the settlement route to include migrant victims / survivors who have been abandoned overseas and the different considerations that apply to them;
  • the extra requirements on children who face additional barriers under this route.

Family members with pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme

This is the third course in our Immigration law for migrant victims of domestic abuse series.

Date: TBC – JUNE

Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm

Free

Zoom

Migrant victim / survivors who have pre-settled status based on their relationship with an EU citizen under the EU Settlement Scheme do not need to change their immigration status on relationship breakdown. They benefit from legal protections under the EU Settlement Scheme and many qualify for welfare benefits and social housing. Government changes on 4 April 2024 offer this group access to the MVDAC and the route for settlement as a victim of domestic abuse. This course explores the unique considerations that apply to people with pre-settled status and why the MVDAC / settlement route option has hidden risks for them. It will include:

  • applying for settlement as a victim of domestic abuse under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • the risks and benefits of switching into the MVDAC / settlement as a victim of domestic abuse route

Regsitration for this course will be advertised soon. To stay updated, sign up for our training and events newsletter by emailing [email protected].