The Destitution Domestic Violence (DDV) Concession – replacing the Sojourner Project

From 1 April 2012 migrants will be able to apply under the Destitution Domestic Violence (DDV) concession if they:

  • intend to apply for permission to settle in the UK following the breakdown of their relationship as a result of domestic violence; and 
  • require access to public funds.

The introduction of the Destitution Domestic Violence (DDV) concession replaces the successful Sojourner project and is aimed at protecting victims of domestic abuse, by allowing them to notify us that they need to access public funds while they make a claim for indefinite leave to remain as a victim of domestic violence.

You can notify the UK Border Agency of your need to access public funds under this policy if:

    • you entered the UK or were given leave to remain in the UK as a spouse, civil partner, unmarried or same sex partner of a British Citizen or someone present and settled in the UK; and
    • your relationship has broken down due to domestic violence; and
    • you do not have the means to access accommodation or to support yourself and need financial help; and
    • you are going to make a claim to stay permanently in the UK under the Domestic Violence Immigration Rule (Settlement DV)

Click here to access the Home Office UK Border Agency information