Temporary migration and family violence: report launch

Associate Professor Marie Segrave launched her report Temporary migration and family violence: An analysis of victimisation, vulnerability and support on Thursday 12 October, at Monash Law Chambers. The research was conducted in partnership with InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence, and is the first major study examining the intersection of temporary migration status and family violence.

The report was officially launched by Helen Kapolos, the Chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission and presentations were also made by Professor Sharon Pickering, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Ms Faye Spiteri, the Chair of the Board of InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence

The report is based on a study of 300 cases involving victim-survivors of family violence who were on temporary visas in Australia at the time they sought the support of InTouch in 2015-2016. It
 provides a detailed review of the forms of abuse experienced by women and highlights the need to broaden the definition of risk in the context of family violence. This includes recognising specific practices that may also be identified as trafficking or slavery offences, as Associate Professor Segrave argues:

“There are important overlaps between family violence and situations that are akin to trafficking and slavery offences, as defined in the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act 1995, including forced marriage, domestic servitude, human trafficking and other slavery-like situations. This report brings these situations to the fore and considers how Australia can move forward to better recognise and respond to the critical issues raised in this analysis.” She urges the Commonwealth to recognise and support all victims of family violence equally “regardless of migration status or any other point of difference”.

For more information and to access the full report please go here.

To see coverage of the report on SBS, please go here.