‘No Recourse to Public Funds’
(NRPF) is something that the Border and Immigration Agency (BIA) decide on if you are under immigration control. This will mean you have no entitlement to welfare benefits, the right to work , access to public housing or Home Office asylum support.
Jaikara is still able to offer you help. NRPF can be a huge barrier to escaping from abuse, but it must not stop you from accessing the charitable support that is available to everyone in the UK.
Do not feel trapped into staying with a partner who abuses you, especially if money is the main factor because of the ‘no recourse’ rule.
Immigration and Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse takes many forms and some abusers repeatedly dictate their partner’s choices and control their everyday actions including taking away your essential documents like your passport. An abuser will interfere with your money to control you and limit your choices. If somebody is trying to control your finances, including accommodation, food and clothing this is economic abuse.
If you are living in the UK on a visa which offers you limited rights to remain in the country, it may mean that you are more vulnerable to domestic abuse. Your immigration status can mean that you are dependent on your partner or family members and that you have limited choices to be to financially independent
If you have been through this process and you do not have the right to live in the UK permanently, you might experience anxiety and worry about asking for help and you might feel trapped in the abusive relationship.
If you are worried that you do not have a status in UK, or you are known to the immigration services and therefore you can not access this service, then let us reassure you that you can still ask for help if you have no recourse to public funds. Many perpetrator’s use this against their victims to threaten them that they cannot get help because they have no recourse to public funds.