London seminars to address how to support victims of domestic violence

The Evelyn Oldfield Unit will host two seminars on how to support women who disclose abuse and how to support women with welfare and immigration issues.

Both seminars will be held on 20th February 2014 at the Amnesty International, 25 New Inn Yard, EC2A London.

The morning session will be dedicated to supporting women who disclose abuse while the afternoon session will be dedicated to supporting women with welfare and immigration issues.

It is possible to attend either of these sessions or both.

Please note that this event is specifically for refugee and migrant women working or volunteering with refugee/asylum community organisations.

It is also for advisors and those who themselves may be going through the asylum process or post-asylum who wish to learn more about their own case. This is a women only event.

Seminar 1 will be held from 10.00am to 1.00pm. It will help participants understand what to do when a woman discloses that she has been a victim or are at risk from violence or abuse.

The morning seminar organised in conjunction with AVA’s director Davina James-Hanman, will be facilitated by an expert who will help participants understand the signs, risks of abuse, learn about sources of support and legal protection available for women.

The main areas to be covered are: What is abuse? What are appropriate responses? Understanding risk; What the law says about abuse and women; What legal protections are available, including to those in the asylum process or post-asylum; and supporting a vulnerable woman through the criminal justice system.

Seminar 2 will be held from 2.00pm to 5.00pm at the same location in collaboration with Rights of Women.

The seminar will focus on welfare and immigration support for migrant women. Enough time will be dedicated to questions from participants.

The session to be led by a qualified barrister Frances Trevena, will cover: Domestic violence and the immigration rules; Domestic violence and asylum; and financial support for women experiencing domestic violence.

Participants will receive relevant materials and copies of relevant Rights of Women legal guides.

To register, click here.

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