National plan to end the violence: call for a special visa for migrant and refugee victims-survivors


This article contains references to domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
A multicultural domestic violence center will continue to push for the federal government to establish a new victim-survivor visa with temporary visas to feel safe in Australia.
Victorian group inTouch, which advocates for migrant and refugee survivors, has called for the creation of a three-year specialist visa for women who have been affected by gender-based violence.
It was one of 11 recommendations presented by inTouch to the federal government in March ahead of the .
The as part of a joint initiative of federal, state and territorial leaders, acting as a “blueprint” to eliminate family, domestic and sexual violence.
The plan recognizes that perpetrators use temporary victim-survivor visas as a form of control and abuse, as well as the limited support services available to them.
“Migrant women, including those on temporary visas, also face structural barriers that other women do not face, such as the impact of the end of a relationship on their visa status and eligibility. social security,” the plan says.

He suggested restrictions on existing temporary visas to access services could be eased to allow surviving victims with an immigrant or refugee background to feel better supported in Australia.

Michal Morris, chief executive of inTouch, said she was delighted to see the plight of temporary visa holders recognised, but felt the government needed ‘more conviction’ to establish a new visa for victim-survivors. .
She said a new three-year visa that would provide access to health insurance, social services and school education for children would give them the economic independence they needed.
Under inTouch’s proposal, women could then apply for a new visa that could serve as a pathway to permanent residency.
“We need to ensure that every Australian woman experiencing domestic violence in Australia can get the support they need to come out of this experience,” Ms Morris said.
“The only way to do that is to give him some breathing room around his visa status to move on.

“I think we need to continually remind the federal government that the temporary visa migration program can be used as a form of coercive control and is a form of domestic violence.”

Violence against women, a “national crisis”

In Australia, one in three women has experienced physical violence since the age of 15 and one in five has experienced sexual violence. On average, a woman in Australia is killed by an intimate partner every 10 days. First Nations women are 34 times more likely to end up in hospital at the hands of violence than non-Aboriginal women.

“The epidemic of violence against women in this country is a national crisis,” said Hayley Foster, CEO of Full Stop Australia, which supports those affected by sexual, domestic or family violence.

“We now have the opportunity to stem the tide, reverse the tide and ensure that our next generation of women and girls live their lives free from violence.”
National Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins said while the plan was “encouraging”, state and national governments must be given the resources to achieve their goals.
“For that [plan] to succeed, all governments will need to make significant investments in prevention and recovery strategies,” she said in a statement.
The plan follows the first 12-year national plan, led by former Prime Minister Julia Gillard. He has helped found national bodies such as Our Watch, the Australian National Research Organization for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) and the 1800RESPECT helpline.
Ms Morris said the past plan helped pave the way for this government to “get the job done” in tackling gender-based violence.
The first of two action plans should be published at the end of the year, which will highlight measurable objectives on which the government will have to act.
SBS News has contacted the Home Office for comment.
If you or someone you know is affected by family and domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit . In an emergency, call 000.

The Men’s Referral Service provides advice for men on domestic violence and can be contacted on 1300 766 491.

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