Domestic Violence and NRPF Sub-group

Tackling and Preventing Destitution

Welcome to our partnership page for the sharing of experience and knowledge of supporting people with a visa status of No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) and who are victims of domestic violence

Working with people who have experienced domestic abuse and who also have an immigration status of NRPF can be complex work. Our sub-group was set up to share information and work together to find pathways out of destitution. Minutes from previous meetings can be found below.

It is advisable to get immigration legal advice as soon as possible in these cases.

You may find helpful information in the Rights of Women publication – Domestic Violence and immigration Law:  the “domestic violence rule”  (published 2017)

The charity Surviving Economic Abuse also has good information and advice on its website.

One possible option is to apply for indefinite leave to remain via the DDVC route, if eligible.

Apply for destitution domestic violence (DDV) concession

A person can apply if their partner was one of the following:

  • a British citizen
  • a person settled in the UK (including as a refugee)
  • a member of the UK armed forces who has served for at least 4 years

NB you must tell the Home Office if you separate from your partner and your visa is based on that relationship.


The UK Government website has a Form for people on a UK partner visa to claim public funds (benefits) while applying to settle in the UK because of domestic violence.

A victim of domestic abuse can apply to claim public funds (benefits) for up to 3 months while UK Visas and Immigration considers their application to settle in the UK. They can send this form as soon as their relationship breaks down and they need money, but they must then also complete form SET(DV) online to apply to settle in the UK.

For people who are not eligible for the DDVC route:

Support for Migrant Victims (SMV) of domestic abuse  with NRPF Fund

Although there is no office in the North East, Shakti Women’s Aid have offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow with advisors there who can help apply for the Support for Migrant Victim’s Fund for any location in Scotland. This is a fund for women and men who have a status of NRPF and cannot access the DDVC (Destitute Domestic Violence Concession) route.

Contact: Debarati Bhattacharyya

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0131 475 2399

The scheme accepts referrals from third sector agencies, local authorities and statutory bodies. 




Meeting Minutes

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