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Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence: migrant women

Response to the consultation

Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation

The Equality and Social Justice Committee is conducting a short inquiry focusing on the experiences of migrant women as part of its broader work on violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence. The inquiry will explore which barriers migrant women face when trying to access services and what the Welsh Government could do to ensure migrant women are able to access services which are fully resourced and trained to deal with cultural norms and practices.


For this work, the Committee will be adopting a broad definition of ‘migrant women’ as it seeks a better understanding of the issues and how they relate to the terms of reference below. This definition includes (but is not necessarily limited to) those with permanent or temporary immigration status, refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants.


The Terms of Reference for the inquiry are to consider:


>>> Migrant women’s experiences of violence and the extent to which cultural norms and practices contributes to VAWDASV (e.g. FGM, forced marriage, honour-based’ abuse).

>>> The scope and coverage of specialist services and interventions which are adequately resourced and trained to support survivors from migrant communities, including meeting cultural and linguistic needs.

>>> Consideration of the barriers preventing migrant women and girls in Wales from accessing services and additional barriers faced by women with insecure immigration status, or whose immigration status is dependent on a spouse or employer or those who have No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF).

>>> Whether the Welsh Government could take any steps to mitigate the disproportionate impact UK immigration policy has on survivors in Wales and deliver its aspiration of Wales as a ‘Nation of Sanctuary’.

>>> The effectiveness of awareness raising campaigns and whether these successfully target and raise awareness amongst migrant communities.

>>> The Welsh Government’s approach to primary prevention and whether enough effort is being made to stop violence before it occurs by working with key grassroots community and faith groups as well as schools to challenge cultural norms and practices.



The Committee is currently inviting views on the Terms of Reference and will be holding oral evidence sessions in the summer term. The deadline for submissions is 10.00 on 12 May 2022.


Providing Written Evidence

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Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Equality and Social Justice Committee
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Telephone: 0300 200 6565