This report provides a snapshot into service demand as well as current and emerging issues for women on temporary visas subjected to family and domestic violence.
The key findings of this snapshot are:
- Although the quantity of women on temporary visas reporting family and domestic violence has decreased (according to the data we looked at) in the pandemic environment, the issues and barriers these women face in seeking safety and support, remain.
- Services continue to be concerned about the specific forms of isolation women on temporary visas face.
- The “family violence provisions” under the Migration Regulations 1994, are inaccessible to most women on temporary visas subjected to family and domestic violence and problematic for those who are eligible.
- Governments do not provide enough supports for this cohort of women.
- Women may be deported, while perpetrators are not held accountable for their behaviour.
- Casework for women on temporary visas is more complex; particularly because of the impact of delays or ineligibility to access key supports.
- The issues highlighted in this snapshot are ongoing and despite continued advocacy, remain largely unresolved.