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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.


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ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.



To support the take-up of evidence, ANROWS offers a range of resources developed from research to support practitioners and policy-makers in delivering evidence-based interventions.


Abused and Abandoned: Family Violence in the Australian Indian Community

The phenomenon of abused and abandoned Indian brides in transnational spaces is well documented, yet minimal research has been undertaken on the broad issues faced by Indian women who experience domestic and family violence in Australia. NCLC operates in a region which has recently experienced a large arrival of Indian migrants. Through our work, we have become highly aware of the prevalence of the complexities Indian women face who are subjected to family violence.

Our project aims to improve not only our local casework but to build understanding of the various issues Indian women deal with in the context of family violence. It is anticipated that this research will result in improved coordination of legal and non-legal responses at a local, state and national level.

The project’s objectives are:

  1. Advance the understanding of the complex problem of abuse and abandonment in the Australian Indian community;
  2. Identify gaps in the family violence system and state and federal laws which add to the vulnerability of Indian women affected by family violence in Australia, to abuse and exploitation; and
  3. Identify and advocate for effective legal and non-legal protections.

The project is a mix of action research and direct service delivery that will include stakeholder engagement (community, law enforcement, legal and judicial, immigration, settlement services and the family violence sector), research (literature review, focus groups and interviews and compilation of case studies.

Project contact
Tania Cass
Northern Community Legal Centre

Funding Body
Victorian Legal Services Board

Project start & End Dates
January 2019 – December 2020

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