Domestic violence: Government funding cuts putting migrant women at risk, advocates say

July 11, 2016

migrant domestic violenceChanges to Federal Government funding are putting migrant women trapped in precarious situations at risk, anti-domestic violence advocates say as reported by By Susan Cheong.

The Philippine Australian Community Services Inc (PACSI) is one of several smaller community service centres in Sydney that has lost its funding.

The organisation is worried many domestic violence victims will suffer as a result.

Community worker Nelia Sumcad said for the first time in 25 years, the centre was solely operated by a group of volunteers.

“We were defunded since last year but in spite of that we have been still opening our office to support these women who come in with [domestic violence] issues,” Ms Sumcad said.

“I definitely feel like the Government should give us more support, [so that we can] continue supporting and looking after these women because there will probably be one or two more [women] around the corner who might not be able to come here [just yet] but are still waiting to be supported and looked after.”

As part of the Federal Government’s campaign against domestic violence, it has begun sending “pre-departure packs” to all women migrating to Australia on partner reunion and proposed marriage visas from across the world including Asia, Europe and the United States since August last year.

The packs include emergency and support contacts as well as a demonstrative cartoon on accepted behaviour in Australia.

However, Dr Murdolo said the Government should do more to ensure migrant women were getting access to the services and help they needed.

She said there should be more focus on training up bilingual workers so they could effectively assist migrant women trapped in precarious situations. To read more click here.

The 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference; Providing the Skills for Change will be held on 5 – 7 December at the Mercure Hotel in Brisbane.

With an improved focus and awareness on the effect of Domestic and Family Violence within Australia, the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association is providing a national unified platform to discuss the strain of Domestic Violence on Australian resources and facilities. Registrations are now open. To register for the Conference CLICK HERE.

With a focus on building skills within the sector, the conference will include discussion and presentations around policy, research and practice with a particular emphasis on innovative and emerging responses.

Authors or organisations interested in presenting at the 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference are invited to submit an abstract. To submit an abstract CLICK HERE. Abstracts close 22nd August 2016.

Research has demonstrated that domestic violence is a global issue of epidemic proportions (WHO, 2013) and affects all cultures, ages, genders and socio-economic groups. Domestic violence does not discriminate.

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