Family battled domestic abuse, now they're fighting to stay in UK

by Julia Rawlinson

Family battled domestic abuse, now they're fighting to stay in UK

by Julia Rawlinson
Julia Rawlinson
Case Owner
I work for a project supporting women and children fleeing domestic abuse and have had the privilege to work with this lovely family over the last two years. They are kindness personified.
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I work for a project supporting women and children fleeing domestic abuse and have had the privilege to work with this lovely family over the last two years. They are kindness personified.
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Please help a mother and her daughter, survivors of domestic abuse,  remain in the country that has been their home for 13 years.
It is imperative that Tara and her daughters be allowed to remain in the UK


Case Background: 

Tara and her two daughters (11 and 19 years old) are desperately fighting a Home Office decision to remove them from the UK (refusal of their “leave to remain” application) as they will be split up. 

Tara moved to the UK 13 years ago from South Africa, and has since brought up her step-daughter Maya (19 yrs) as her own and her daughter Rani (11 yrs) was born here.

Tara has no links anymore in South Africa, and no support network there. 

They have all endured years of domestic abuse by the girls' father and have been attending a domestic violence support group to try and help rebuild their lives.

The abusive ex husband/father has taken all their paperwork and refuses to help them so that it has been really difficult to establish their case

Why should we fight for the family to stay?

 1. The family will be split up: 

  • The Home Office wanted to send them all back to South Africa but as Maya was never formally adopted she cannot go back to South Africa with Tara and Rani

  • As a result of her father's abuse, Maya is a vulnerable adult and cannot look after herself

  • If the appeal fails Maya will be alone in the UK as her only relative here is her abusive father

  • Tara and Rani will be wrenched from their beloved daughter and sister

2. The family are ideal UK citizens:

  • Tara is desperate to work again and has an informal offer of a job in office administration when her visa is resolved

  • Tara owns the little house they live in, the only home the girls have ever known, and will continue to pay the mortgage

  • Maya, with Tara's support, wants to work with young children and take further studies and Rani wants to start secondary school in September and has ambitions to become a doctor

3. The family’s recovery from the abuse will be reversed if they're forced to leave:

  • Tara, Rani and Maya are an essential part of a community project of women fleeing domestic abuse

  • The women all support each other, look after each other's children, help each other with work, cook for each other

  • Any improvements we have made with the family will be reversed if they are sent to a lesser known country with no established support network



What will the funds be spent on?


Please help me raise £5,000 to pay for their immigration lawyer. He believes they have a good case on the basis of human rights.

 The funds will as follows;

  1. £3,000 for the solicitors to prepare the case for the appeal

  2. £1,400 for the barrister for the hearing in June

  3. £600 to fund the expenses for the reports

Quote from their immigration lawyer: 

 “I believe that the family has a fair chance of success in the appeals and deserves to have their case heard. I have had success in similar cases in the past.”

 

 Amir Naviwala of Sunrise Solicitors, 228 Merton High Street, London SW19 1AU.

Please note: the names of the family have been changed to protect them from further abuse by the children's father and his extended family members.



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