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In this challenging moment, with so many restrictions imposed and few possibilities to leave home, unfortunately, the number of cases with people exposed to domestic violence is growing.

According to the UK government, domestic violence and abuse is any incident of control, coercive or threatening behaviour. This can include, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

Immigration vs. Domestic Violence

Victims of domestic violence who are married to Britons or are partners with people who have a permanent residence visa may apply for permission to live in the UK permanently when they separate and report the abuser.

The person needs to present, however, the evidence of the abuse suffered and prove that the relationship was interrupted due to domestic violence. The recommendation is to contact the police in case of an emergency and the charities that work with counselling for all cases of abuse. We have separated some below.

Those who apply for a permanent visa, under the protection of this law, do not need to prove their knowledge of the English language or to undergo the Life in the UK test.

Institutions | Charities:


LondonHelp4u is offering free consultations for victims of domestic violence throughout the month of July. Contact us and our team will help with the entire immigration process. UK 020 7636 8500, Brazil (11) 3283 0906, HelpLineUK 24h + 44 78 91764830 or send an email to

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