IPF WORLD WIDE is an organisation, which has been helping illegal immigrants and refugees from last 30 years all over the UK in an effort to settle in UK despite the social, language and physical barriers which exist.
We urge you to help the immigrants who have no immigration status and are illegal in the UK.
Which sector do we help?
IPF provides legal advice and legal services free of charge. If the work required is not something we can assist our member with ourselves, we refer our member to one of the legal firms we work with to assist our member further.
Especially in the current climate, during a time when people are increasingly out of employment and social circles are not able to financially support themselves, we assist in providing temporary accommodation to immigrants and refugees, who need such assistance on an emergency basis.
We provide financial assistance by giving money on a weekly or monthly basis to the immigrants who are not eligible for public benefits or have the right to work.
IPF manages debates on different platforms, for betterment of immigrants and immigration policies with expert immigration solicitors, retired, immigration judges, and scholars and expertise. Historically IPF took a strong stand in ensuring Pakistan were included in the White list with regards to the list of Countries which were allowed to claim Asylum to UK. This struggle lasted months where IPF headed many rallies in Pakistan as well as petitions in other Countries, including in UK, which lead to a fruitful conclusion. Politically IPF have participated in many protests/rallies in UK which effect immigrants in an effort to better their lives and give them rights to remain in UK.
IPF believe the lobbying increases awareness of the issues about United Kingdom immigration policies and the immigrant’s problems with Member of Parliament’s and member of House of Lords.
- Domestic Violence and abuse and violence against women
DVA encompasses emotional and psychological abuse, sexual violence and abuse, stalking and harassment, intimidation and humiliation, manipulation, threatening behaviour. It is a common breach of human rights.
It involves systematic use of power and control, with for reaching consequences for individuals families, children, communities as society as a whole. It is one element of toxic trio identified as common features of families where harm to children and adults has occurred.
In a nationally representative primary care database of approximately 6% of the UK population, only 0.5% of women had DVA recorded, compared to the office for national statistics estimated prevalence of 17%. While it is impossible to know exactly how much DVA is under-recorded, it is clear that multiple strategies are needed to improve identification for those affected by DVA.
A recent study by the Home office estimated that cost of domestic abuse for its victims in the year ending on 31st march 2017 was approximately £66 billion. That is at least 6 times more than previously estimated. In 2012, the cost of DVA in the UK, including medical and social services, lost economic output and emotional costs, was estimated to be £11 billion.
In the United Kingdom, in the year ending March 2017, 7.5% of women (1.2 million) experienced domestic abuse; the number is now closer to 2 million. While DVA can affect both men and women, women are more often exposed to multiple forms of abuse and more frequently so. Women who experience DVA suffer chronic health problems including gynaecological problems, gastrointestinal disorders, neurological symptoms, chronic pain, cardiovascular conditions and mental health problems.
The consequences of missing the opportunity to identify DVA and offer support are severe. Seventy-five percent of cases of domestic violence results in physical injury or mental health consequences to women. A recent study found that 49.5% of women who had experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) had some form mental health illness, compared to only 24% of those who had not. Women in the IPV group were also two and a half times more likely to develop a new mental illness within 2 to 3 years.
DVA is also a major indicator of risk to children and young people. Children’s exposure to IPV is strongly associated with a broad range of emotional and behavioural problems, as well as increased risk-taking behaviour, including alcohol and substance misuse, and academic problems. There can also be direct physical health consequences, including injuries and death, when physical violence between caregivers directly involves children.
It is estimated that around one in five children in the UK have been exposed to domestic violence or abuse between their parents or caregivers. While DVA is strictly defined as violence and abuse between adults, when adults are involved in an abusive relationship, their children bear the consequences.
While physical injury and death when children are caught up in the violence between adults are the most severe cases of children’s exposure to DVA, even when not directly involved, children exposure can continue through witnessing and being aware of the violence, as well as through its health, social and financial consequences.
Health and social care workers are often the first professionals to have contact with women and children affect by DVA. This often happens when the abused parent seeks help, or when children undergo health checks. But it can happen during assessments for emotional or behavioural problems, or when social services, a child’s school or the police become involved.
In the year ending in March 2018, the police recorded 599,549 domestic abuse-related crimes. This is an increase of circa 23% from 2017. While this numbers are encouraging, only 225,714 arrests for domestic abuse-related offences were made in the same year, implying that just under 90% of the victims do not find justice for what they live.
Domestic Violence and Abuse is as much a police matter as it is a health issue. This is why the World Health Organisation recommends that health professionals who see women with clinical signs of domestic violence should ask them about safety in their relationship and at home. They also advise that responses to disclosure should follow what is known as the ‘’LIVES principles’’: Listen, Inquire about needs and concerns, Validate, Enhance safety, and provide support. By training GPs to correctly and effectively identifying cases of DVA, and providing a first layer of support from Advocate Educators, IRIS not only follows the WHO principles, but goes beyond.
But there are no equivalent recommendations for children, and there is no agreed approach regarding how best to identify and respond to children who are exposed to domestic violence. This means there is still a lot to be done to tackle this burdensome and costly problem.
What IPF would like to achieve for victims of Domestic Violence:
1- Accommodation: IPF wishes to provide shelter accommodation for refugees of domestic violence and their children if need be. This usually has to go hand in hand with financial support also being provided to the victim of domestic violence. We wish to be in a position to provide such support.
2- Legal support: At times the victim of domestic violence may need the protection of the Court in the form of an injunction order, and we would like for such legal work to be paid for if the victim is unable to get legal aid.
To provide awareness of the services we provide, we would like to offer a phone in service as do other charities where in an emergency a person can call us to assist them in their hour of need as above.