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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.

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RP.14.02

Promoting community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in metropolitan and regional Australia:
The ASPIRE Project

Completed
December 2016

Immigrant and refugee women in Australia are known to face barriers accessing services aimed at preventing and responding to domestic and family violence. There is limited evidence available about the contexts, nature and dynamics of violence against immigrant and refugee women to inform development of responsive local and community-based interventions.


This participatory research project worked with communities in eight geographic locations (two inner-city, three outer-suburban, and three regional) across Victoria and Tasmania, to generate evidence about immigrant and refugee women’s experiences of violence. The project engaged communities through extensive consultation prior to data collection and facilitatated community members’ participation in generating and analysing data. A mix of qualitative methods was used to generate rich data about the family, cultural and place-based contexts that shape the impact and dynamics of violence against immigrant and refugee women; women’s help-seeking efforts; and participating cultural communities’ attitudes and responses to violence and its prevention.

The project also used Photovoice, a creative photographic methodology, to work with immigrant and refugee women who are leading responses to family violence in diverse cultural communities to document their perspectives on the need for, approaches to, and opportunities for supporting, community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women.

The results of the research were communicated to communities, service providers and policy-makers through written, verbal and visual approaches.

This project produced evidence on violence against immigrant and refugee women that:

  • encourages culturally-appropriate prevention methods and support interventions;
  • supports efforts by both the family violence and the multicultural/settlement sectors to develop women-centred approaches to family violence against immigrant and refugee women; and
  • supports building local communities’ awareness and capacity to respond to violence against immigrant and refugee women.

Researchers

Principal chief investigator:

Dr Cathy Vaughan, Lecturer, Gender and Women's Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne.

Chief investigators:

Dr Adele Murdolo, Executive Director of the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health.

Dr Regiona Quiazon, Senior Research and Policy Advocate, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health.

Dr Karen Block, Research Fellow, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne.

Dr. Deb Warr, Senior Research Fellow, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne.

Dr. Linda Murray, Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania.

Research partners / team members:

Prof. Anne Kavanagh, Director, Gender and Women's Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne.

Ms. Erin Davis, Research Assistant, Gender and Women’s Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne.

Dr. Jasmin Chen, Research Assistant, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health.


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Publications

Promoting community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in metropolitan and regional Australia: The ASPIRE Project: Key findings and future directions

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Publications

Promoting community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in metropolitan and regional Australia: The ASPIRE Project: Research report

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Publications

Promoting community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in metropolitan and regional Australia: The ASPIRE Project: State of knowledge paper

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FACT SHEET

ASPIRE fact sheet 1: Communication barriers and family violence

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FACT SHEET

ASPIRE fact sheet 2: Financial abuse and immigrant women

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FACT SHEET

ASPIRE fact sheet 3: Interpreters and family violence

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FACT SHEET

ASPIRE fact sheet 4: Immigration, visas and family violence

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Link

ASPIRE Photo-voice

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see also

Projects

The MuSeS project: Multicultural and settlement services supporting women experiencing violence

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Presentations

ANROWS INAUGURAL NATIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE 2016





Slides

Download ASPIRE Project slides Cathy Vaughan

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Budget

$350,000 (approx.)

Funded by Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments under ANROWS’s 2014 core grant round.

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