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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 hosts events as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange work, including public lectures, workshops and research launches. Details of upcoming ANROWS activities and news are available from the list on the right.



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.


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.



Suggested citation

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.

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