Cases of domestic abuse where either one or both partners are foreign and Commonwealth nationals can impact on their immigration status and the right to reside in the UK; this is a very complicated issue. Specialist military welfare providers are experienced in managing these cases and should be contacted for help and support. Royal Navy Royal Marines (RN RM) Welfare, Army Welfare Service and SSAFA Personal Support and Social Work Service (RAF) work to a specific code of confidentiality, in accordance with legal requirements, which would be explained during any initial contact. Further information on these welfare providers is detailed below.

A case study outlining the support provided by Gildea House (a SSAFA Stepping Stone Home) to a mother from Jamaica, as well as a case study from Army Welfare Service, is included in this section. Additional information on visa application is outlined after the case studies. Click here to read the case studies and find additional information.