‘We have always said we will support the small number of spouses who must leave their relationship and are unable to access any support services. However we are very clear there will be tough checks in place to ensure this system is not abused by those seeking to stay in the country where they do not have the right to.’
Hundreds already supported
Victims of domestic violence in the country on a spousal visa are currently able to access some support services via a pilot programme which has been underway since November 2009.
Between December 2009 and January 2011, 587 women and 358 children have been supported through the Sojourner Project.