Domestic Abuse and Free Movement Law: Supporting EEA nationals and Family Members of EEA nationals

Domestic Abuse and Free Movement Law:

Supporting EEA Nationals and Family Members of EEA Nationals


Brexit may mean Brexit but European Free Movement law still applies in the UK, and will do so for the foreseeable future. Survivors’ rights under European law can be complicated and confusing making advocating for this client group challenging.

This course will provide a thorough introduction to the different ‘immigration statuses’ people can hold under EU law and the rights attached to these.


This course will cover:

·   The various statues European women can hold under EEA law: worker, jobseeker, self-employed, etc

·    What happens to a survivor’s immigration status under European law when she leaves her partner or divorces

·    The circumstances in which women may obtain a right to reside through their EEA or British child

·     Entitlement to welfare benefits and housing/homelessness assistance

·     How to advocate for the rights of non-European family members of EEA nationals


This course will give participants the tools to identify a survivor’s ‘status’ under EEA law, as very often survivors are unaware of their status themselves and cannot self-identify.

Finally we will examine survivors’ rights to access welfare benefits and housing/homelessness assistance and how an understanding of Free Movement law can enable you to support survivors and advocate on their behalf.


Who is this course aimed at?

It is suitable for professionals who want to gain greater knowledge of survivors’ rights under EU law.

·         Support workers

·         Domestic Abuse Prevention Advocates (DAPA’s)

·         Independent Domestic Abuse Advisors (IDVA’s)

·         Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA’s)

·         Community outreach workers

·         Advice centre caseworkers

·         Other professionals who work with survivors of abuse.


Trainer Profile- Radha Ruskin

Radha is an Accredited Senior Immigration and Asylum Adviser with extensive experience of working with refugee, asylum seeking and migrant survivors of DA and gender-based violence, including FGM, forced marriage and sex trafficking. She recently ran a project funded through Comic Relief which provided asylum seeking and migrant women with immigration representation and tribunal advocacy. She has considerable experience of working with and interviewing women who have experienced trauma and/or are suffering from mental health issues.

Radha has worked for over ten years in the generalist advice sector as an advice session manager and project co-ordinator. Welfare benefits, housing and community care (social services) issues, especially those relating to DA survivors and to EEA nationals, are areas she has particular expertise and interest in. Radha is currently employed part-time as a Duty Manager at an advice agency in Bristol. In addition she provides immigration advice and representation on a voluntary basis to vulnerable clients with complex immigration issues who are unable to access legal aid. This includes ‘outside the Rules’ cases based on article 8 (right to family life), and complex EEA law based cases, including derivative and retained rights of residence.

Radha has run training sessions on a range of legal and advice-based immigration and asylum issues, from legal, topic-specific update courses, to advocacy and interviewing skills sessions. 



Bristol - 20th June 2017

London: 4th September 2017

Manchester: 19th July 2017



Full Women’s Aid – £150

Non-members - £175

Please note that submitting an application form will automatically generate an invoice so please only apply if you wish to attend the course. If you have any questions please email: