Dutch scheme to help battered immigrant women
Dutch justice ministry proposes measures to protect immigrant women against domestic violence and abuse.1 August 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - The Dutch justice ministry is proposing a number of measures intended to protect immigrant women against domestic violence and abuse.
One measure is designed to speed up the issue of residence permits to women who have been abandoned by their husbands in their country of origin. In such cases, the husband often takes away his wife's passport, leaving her with no way of returning to the Netherlands.
Another measure will enable immigrant women who have been battered in the Netherlands to obtain an independent residence permit without having to initiate divorce proceedings.
In addition, they will no longer have to undergo a medical examination to prove that they were assaulted, nor will they first have to report the incident to the police. The assault can now be officially reported by a women's shelter or an aid worker.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]