ASPIRE: Immigration, visas and family violence
This resource summarises the research findings on the impact of immigration policy and visa status on immigrant and refugee women’s experiences of family violence. It will be useful for service providers who work with immigrant and refugee women, men and community groups.
The fact sheet was created as part of the ASPIRE project, “Promoting community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in metropolitan and regional Australia”, which was completed in December 2016. The project worked with communities in eight 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.
This fact sheet provides insight into the impact of immigration and visa status issues on immigrant and refugee women’s experiences of family violence, including:
- the experience of immigration to Australia
- the issues caused by visa status, particularly the impact of conditions on temporary visas for women’s safety and access to services
- the experience of immigration-related violence
- the impact of visa restrictions on family violence services’ and women’s refuges’ ability to provide support for immigrant women and children
- the strategies and solutions that can be used to address these issues, including the need for changes to immigration policy.
Vaughan, C., Davis, E., Murdolo, A., Chen, J., Murray, L., Block, K., Quiazon, R., & Warr, D. (2016). ASPIRE: Immigration, visas, and family violence [Fact sheet]. ANROWS.