31 Things British Columbia Can Do Right Now to End Violence Against Women
11. Do not let immigration status stand in the way of women’s safety
Migrant women escaping violence and abuse at the hands of their partners should not have to fear arrest and deportation at the hands of our government. An increasing number of women’s advocates have reported that when contacting police, hospitals and other support services, the woman’s immigration status came under scrutiny. In some cases, women have been reported to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). This is unacceptable and BC’s Office for Domestic Violence should work with the relevant provincial Ministries to implement a policy that ensures that those seeking protection, medical treatment or support in response to violence, will not be questioned about their immigration status or reported to CBSA.
Women in British Columbia have waited too long already. That is why we are offering 31 things that BC’s new Provincial Office of Domestic Violence (PODV) can push for right now to increase safety for women and to bring us closer than we have ever been to ending violence against women once and for all. We are calling for 31 social, economic and legal changes, none of which are unachievable in this province. Some would require very little financial investment, and each of them will save resources in the long term given the high costs of violence against women.
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