Thursday 17 December 2020 / 7:57 PM The Latest from Labour

Jess Phillips joins call for urgent action to ensure migrant victims of crime can confidently report to police

Jess Phillips responds to report calling for urgent action by government and police, to ensure vulnerable migrant victims of crime can confidently report to police  

A joint investigation by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS), the College of Policing (CoP) and the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has found that victims of crime with insecure or uncertain immigration status are fearful that, if they report crimes to the police, their information will be shared with the Home Office. The report recommends that police forces should restrict the sharing of information about vulnerable victims of crime, such as in cases of domestic abuse, with immigration enforcement.

The investigation found that the current system was causing significant harm to the public interest.

 

Jess Phillips MP, Shadow Domestic Violence and Safeguarding Minister, said:

“Victims of domestic abuse must be treated as victims of a horrific crime.

“The current system is leaving vulnerable victims trapped in abusive households and dangerous perpetrators left in our communities.

“The Government must ensure our criminal justice system prioritises protecting victims and bringing abusers to justice, no matter where they were born.”