Support to Migrant Victims (SMV) with NRPF
Shakti Women’s Aid have been awarded funds to operate the Support for Migrant Victims Scheme (SMV) project to provide temporary support for migrant survivors of abuse and to build a better understanding of their needs. Shakti Women’s Aid is working alongside Southall Black Sisters and other Women’s Aid organisations across the UK to implement this project.
The scheme will provide support for victims of domestic and other forms of gender-related abuse (and their children) who are subject to No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) rule in Scotland.
Priority will be given to those survivors who do not currently have an established route to settlement although in some exceptional circumstances bridging support will be available to those who are otherwise eligible for the DDVC concession, asylum support, local authority or other state assistance.
The support will provide:
- Safe accommodation for up to 12 weeks. There will also be discretion to award an additional 4 weeks of funds in exceptional cases of hardship.
- Weekly subsistence payments calculated in line with the current rate of support for asylum seekers.
- IDVA support and other appropriate befriending and welfare assistance service to improve safety and well-being outcomes for survivors.
- Signposting to qualified immigration law practitioners to provide advice and representation on settlement options.
This scheme is now open for referrals. We will accept referrals from third sector agencies, local authorities and statutory bodies. The application form is attached above and must be completed and sent to Shakti Women’s Aid at the contact details below. If you have any questions regarding the scheme or you require support with the application form, please do get in touch.
Project Contact: Tumay Forster
Phone: 07958 444 058
Secondary Contact: Debarati Bhattacharyya
Phone: 0131 475 2399