Today our deputy director Marchu Girma gave evidence to the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill alongside Zehrah Hasan of Liberty, Lucila Granada of Latin American Women’s Rights Service and Jane Gordon of Sisters for Change.

The panel explained how the draft Domestic Abuse Bill fails to protect migrant survivors, and therefore fails to meet the Governments commitment to the Istanbul Convention.

Marchu explained why the Bill must provide equal protections for all women:

“Three women a week die because of domestic abuse in this country. We are talking about women’s lives. The cost of inadequate protections for women with insecure immigration status can be their lives. Protection must be needs-based, not status-based.”

Watch the evidence session here: