EXTERNALLY-FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS
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:
- Advance the understanding of the complex problem of abuse and abandonment in the Australian Indian community;
- 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
- 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.
Northern Community Legal Centre
Victorian Legal Services Board
Project start & End Dates
January 2019 – December 2020