Research and Analysis – Evaluating the Support for Migrant Victims (SMV) Pilot – Home Office

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This report evaluates the progress of a pilot scheme which was set up to provide funding to migrant victims of domestic abuse with no recourse to public funds.

In July 2020, the Home Office (HO) announced the launch of a UK-wide pilot programme to support victims/survivors of domestic abuse who otherwise had no recourse to public funds (NRPF): the Support for Migrant Victims (SMV) Pilot. HO commissioned the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) to undertake an independent evaluation of the Pilot.

Overall, the evaluation presents a mixed picture. There were clear examples of where the Pilot was performing well, particularly in meeting the immediate and emergency needs of victims/survivors. However, BIT also identified several areas in which victims’/survivors’ needs were not being fully met, where provision and experiences were highly dependent on the victims’/survivors’ specific circumstances, or where the administration of the Pilot placed additional burden on delivery partners.

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