Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit’s (GMIAU) Safer Lives project supports women with insecure immigration status who are at risk of, or experiencing, violence, danger and/or exploitation. Women will typically have “no recourse to public funds”, and will be experiencing domestic violence, homelessness, trafficking, forced labour, prostitution and other forms of gender based violence. Often women with no recourse to public funds or whose immigration status is dependent on their partners’ do not know where to turn or what services are available to them.
The Safer Lives project provides support and advice to front line workers and organisations. The Safer Lives project provides a route to legal advocacy, ensures that the rights of women are upheld and that the immediate safety of a woman at risk is achieved. One of the key aims of the service is to better equip front line workers with the knowledge to support women effectively and to know who to refer to further support.
GMIAU is running a short survey to highlight the support needs of organisations working on a day to day basis with women at risk. GMIAU will use the survey results to tailor the project to best support you, your organisation and the women you support.
Please take the time to fill out the survey here.