The ASPIRE Research team are very pleased to announce the publication of our paper, “Promoting community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women in metropolitan and regional Australia: The ASPIRE project: State of knowledge paper.”
This document is a comprehensive review of national and international literature produced over the last 25 years examining the evidence as well as gaps in knowledge about family violence against immigrant and refugee women. It is part of a series of State of Knowledge reports published by the project funder – the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS).
The paper finds:
* Overall immigrant and refugee report similar forms of family violence as women from non-immigrant backgrounds, however there are some differences in the types of violence experienced and the structural contexts where it takes place.
* The constraints produced by immigration policies are of significant concern, where women depend on perpetrators for economic security and residency rights.
* Many immigrant and refugee women are motivated to resolve family violence without ending relationships and breaking up families, for reasons including immigration concerns and family and community pressures.
* There is scant evidence that the increase in criminal justice responses to family violence, such as “mandatory arrest” and “pro-prosecution” approaches, are helpful for immigrant women, and may deter them from seeking assistance in crisis situations.
A media release from the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health provides key statements regarding our findings:
Chief investigator, Dr Cathy Vaughan from the University of Melbourne states, “the literature indicates that this synergy between the system and the perpetrator means that immigrant and refugee women endure violence for longer periods before seeking help, and require more contacts with the service system before getting the help they need.”
Co-investigator, Dr Adele Murdolo from the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health states, “there seem to be key points at which our system makes immigrant and refugee women more isolated and dependent, which increases the power that others have over them, and limits their options for safety.”
For more information on the State of Knowledge report please contact:
Dr Cathy Vaughan, University of Melbourne: 0417 116 468
Dr Adele Murdolo, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health: 0438 823 299