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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: Financial abuse and immigrant women

This fact sheet summarises the ASPIRE project findings about the impact of financial abuse on immigrant and refugee women. 

The ASPIRE project, conducted in Tasmania and Victoria in 2015 and 2016, explored issues related to family violence against immigrant and refugee women and their children. Research was conducted with immigrant and refugee women and men, community groups and service providers, and this fact sheet includes quotes from women and service providers who participated in the project.

The fact sheet details women’s experiences of financial abuse, family obligations and gender roles, and the consequences of financial abuse, before pointing to strategies and solutions to remove the double disadvantage immigrant women can face: financial abuse and restricted access to financial support when seeking help for domestic and family violence.

Policymakers (in the immigration area, specifically), employers and those working in prevention will find this resource particularly helpful. For more information on the ASPIRE project, please visit the project page.



Suggested citation

Vaughan, C., Davis, E., Murdolo, A., Chen, J., Murray, L., Block, K., Quiazon, R., & Warr, D. (2016). ASPIRE: Financial abuse and immigrant women [Fact sheet]. ANROWS.

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