Supporting women from CALD backgrounds who are victims/survivors of sexual violence
 

Author(s)Allimant, Annabelle and Ostapiej-Piatkowski, Beata
Title Supporting women from CALD backgrounds who are victims/survivors of sexual violence
Source ACSSA Wrap, No 9, 2011, Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault
Date 2011
Document type Research report
Coverage Queensland, Australia
Summary This article aims to raise awareness of the circumstances of refugee and immigrant women who are survivors of sexual assault and is based on the experience of the Immigrant Women's Support Service. There is no data on how many refugees and immigrant women living in Australia have experienced sexual assault and who may not be accessing services. The article looks at the circumstances of the women from CALD backgrounds, including, migrants, refugees, international students and unaccompanied minors and outlines some of the types of violence that they may have experienced. As well as significant differences in the forms of violence there is a great diversity in the way violence is perceived and understood by individuals and incorporated into their world-views. The support needs of women from CALD backgrounds are discussed including barriers in accessing support, personal and systemic. Some suggestions and advice are given for supporting these women.
Keywords Sexual assault; immigrant women; domestic violence; service delivery; barriers; refugee.
Topic

Service delivery; sexual assault