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The Resource "The law was against me" : migrant women's access to protection for family violence in Belgium, Human Rights Watch

"The law was against me" : migrant women's access to protection for family violence in Belgium, Human Rights Watch

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"The law was against me" : migrant women's access to protection for family violence in Belgium
Title
"The law was against me"
Title remainder
migrant women's access to protection for family violence in Belgium
Statement of responsibility
Human Rights Watch
Title variation
  • Migrant women's access to protection for family violence in Belgium
  • Belgium
Title variation remainder
"the law was against me"
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In spite of recent immigration law reform, family migrants in Belgium face continuing obstacles to protection. Income and evidence requirements make it hard for women whose immigration status is dependent on abusive partners to retain their residence permits if they leave the family home. Women who fail to inform the immigration authorities in time risk loss of residence permits and expulsion. The law excludes women who have applied but not yet received a residence permit and those whose partner has left Belgium. In some parts of Belgium the capacity of shelters for victims of domestic violence fails to meet demand. Undocumented migrant women experience particular difficulties in seeking protection. Unlike legal family migrants, they are not covered by the protection clause recently added to the immigration legislation. While undocumented women can apply for regularization on humanitarian grounds, domestic violence in Belgium is not an established criterion. Fear of deportation makes them reluctant to report violence to the police or otherwise seek help. Shelters in some parts of Belgium refuse to accept women without papers, citing limited resources. 'The Law Was Against Me' calls on the Belgian government to build on the system already in place to ensure that it offers protection from violence for all migrant women, regardless of circumstances or legal status. It makes concrete recommendations to the authorities on improving residence permits, encouraging migrant women to report violence to the police and improving access to services
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Also issued online via the Internet.
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no index present
LC call number
HV6626.23 .B45
LC item number
L48 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Human Rights Watch (Organization)
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Lettinga, Doutje
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  • Family violence
  • Women immigrants
  • Human rights
Label
"The law was against me" : migrant women's access to protection for family violence in Belgium, Human Rights Watch
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Publication
Note
  • "November 2012"--Table of contents page
  • "This report was researched and written by Doutje Lettinga ..."--P. 57
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
Legal and policy framework on family violence. Gaps in protection and proposed reforms ; State outreach to women of migrant origin -- Obstacles to protection for family migrants. Family reunification legislation ; Gaps in the protection clauses ; Obstacles to protection for migrant women with dependent residency rights -- Obstacles to protection for undocumented women. Fear about reporting violence ; Inadequate police response -- Access to shelters and services. Shortage of shelters ; Exclusion of undocumented migrant women -- Belgium's human rights obligations
Dimensions
27 cm.
Extent
57 p.
Isbn
9781564329608
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
System control number
  • ocn820353412
  • (OCoLC)820353412
Label
"The law was against me" : migrant women's access to protection for family violence in Belgium, Human Rights Watch
Link
Publication
Note
  • "November 2012"--Table of contents page
  • "This report was researched and written by Doutje Lettinga ..."--P. 57
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
Legal and policy framework on family violence. Gaps in protection and proposed reforms ; State outreach to women of migrant origin -- Obstacles to protection for family migrants. Family reunification legislation ; Gaps in the protection clauses ; Obstacles to protection for migrant women with dependent residency rights -- Obstacles to protection for undocumented women. Fear about reporting violence ; Inadequate police response -- Access to shelters and services. Shortage of shelters ; Exclusion of undocumented migrant women -- Belgium's human rights obligations
Dimensions
27 cm.
Extent
57 p.
Isbn
9781564329608
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
System control number
  • ocn820353412
  • (OCoLC)820353412

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