Women on temporary visas and their children face specific barriers to seeking support, particularly the fear of deportation, fear of losing custody of their children, and lack of access to services.
The Commonwealth and State and Territory governments have still yet to implement Action 3.8 of the Third Action Plan 2016-2019 of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children to: ‘Ensure migration rules and eligibility requirements for support services do not disempower victims of violence or discourage them from leaving violent relationships.’
The National Advocacy Group for Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence and Their Children launched a new report on 10th December, which includes survey results, several case studies and detailed recommendations to call for urgent law and policy change by all governments to address this national crisis. You can read the report here.
You can also see coverage by SBS of the report here.