Refuge responds to reports that victims of serious crime face arrest over immigration status


An investigation by the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has found that more than half of UK police forces are handing over victims of crime to the Home Office for immigration enforcement.

Sandra Horley CBE, Chief Executive of Refuge, said:

“Refuge has recognised a nexus between domestic violence and trafficking for many years. We know that victims of modern slavery and human trafficking are often hard to identify. We need the police to understand this nexus and investigate what lies behind the violence a victim suffers and refer them to organisations like Refuge.

“Refuge works with victims of modern slavery and human trafficking every day so we are well aware of many policy difficulties on the ground that need to be ironed out by the Government and law enforcement.”

Read more about the BBC investigation here