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Battered at home, played down in policy: migrant women and domestic violence in Australia

 

Author(s) Ghafournia, Nafiseh
Title Battered at home, played down in policy: Migrant women and domestic violence in Australia
Source Aggression and Violent Behavior,May-June 2011, Vol 16, Issue 3, pp207-213
Date 2011
Document type Journal article
Coverage Australia
Summary This article explores the status of battered migrant women in Australian migration policy, with a focus on the non-Australian spouses and partners of Australian citizens and permanent residents. A literature review suggests that the findings of research and studies on the nature and prevalence of domestic/family violence against migrant women are ambiguous. Some researchers have found that women from CALD background are less likely to report cases of domestic violence. Some of the reasons suggested for this are language difficulties, isolation and women being unaware of their legal rights. The Australian Domestic Violence Provision Policy was initiated to support immigrant women who are victims of domestic violence and it is suggested by the author that although an innovative policy, it still faces challenges and limitations. It is recommended that the policy address the socio-cultural and economic factors facing migrant women and community education is needed for both men and women about domestic violence. Another recommendation is reviewing the legislation to include eligibility for fiancées.
Keywords Domestic violence; migrant women; family violence; help-seeking behaviour; barriers
Topic

Domestic violence

 

 

 



 
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