0808 2000 247 Free phone 24 hr National Domestic Violence Helpline Run in partnership between Women’s Aid & Refuge

Topic: BAMER issues

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View the handbook in a number of community languages.

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iranian Your questions
I have 'no recourse to public funds'. What can I do?
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How does the domestic violence concession work?

Eligibility Chart
Helpling agencies may find this chart useful in their work to support women with no recourse to public funds.

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asian-girlDomestic violence affects women from all ethnic groups, and there is no evidence to suggest that women from some ethnic or cultural communities are any more at risk than others.   


The form abuse takes in ethnic groups may vary in different communities. For example:

  • Domestic violence may be perpetrated by extended family members, such as parents or parents-in-law, rather than - or as well as -  a partner or husband. 

  • It may include forced marriage, or female genital mutilation

  • Women from Black, Asian Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) communities may also be more isolated. They may have to overcome religious and cultural pressures, or be afraid of rejection from their own community if they disclose the abuse and  ask for help

  • Their experiences may also be compounded by racism, and for that reason, they may be unwilling to seek help from statutory agencies

  • Women whose immigration status is insecure, or is dependent on remaining with their husbands, may feel trapped and unable to seek help in case they are deported.  They are also likely to have “no recourse to public funds”, which means they cannot claim most state benefits, and for that reason, many refuge organisations will not be able to provide them with accommodation.

Specialist provision

All domestic violence organisations within the Women's Aid network offer a service to women of all ethnic groups, and some provide specialist services addressing the particular needs of women from BAMER communities. Some of these will also provide accommodation and support to women who have "no recourse”.