EXTERNALLY FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS
Family violence within Indian migrant women residing in Australia
Australia's 2016 census shows that the Indian migrant population increased significantly to 1.9 percent (455,389 people) of the total population of 24.4 million in Australia. With a large increase in the number of Indian migrants settling in Australia, it is important to understand how Indian women are treated within their country of origin and how these cultural, religious and patriarchal values and beliefs may persist among newly arrived Indian women in Australia.
This project aims to examine family violence among Indian migrant women residing in Australia and explore the intersections of the 3 Planet Model – the domestic violence system, the child protection system and the family law system – and to propose a fourth planet, the immigration system. It also aims to test the hypothesis for a proposed fourth planet, the immigration system, and examine how professionals engage with Indian women who have temporary citizenship and are victims of family violence in Australia.
The project utilises a qualitative purposive sample. There will be two groups of participants in the study: Indian women (with or without children) who have lived experience of family violence and arrived in Australia between 2009 and 2019, and who have been involved with the domestic violence system, the child protection system, the family law system or the immigration system, residing in either Brisbane or Melbourne; and professionals with experience in supporting vulnerable Indian women who are victims of family violence.