DVConnect would like to acknowledge both Betty Taylor (Domestic Violence Advocate and Consultant) for her work on this report but also the Queensland government for seeking someone with the deep advocacy skills and passion like Betty to conduct these heartbreaking interviews and make well considered recommendations on behalf of the women. All recommendations have been accepted by Cameron Dick, Minister for Health.
We also acknowledge all of the women who endured this abuse as children and continue to live with the deep impacts of it every day.
The 24/7 statewide domestic and family violence lines (SafeNet Australia of which DVConnect is a member) have been concerned about this issue for a number of years and provided information to the federal government 3 years ago about the inability of women to leave the violence once in Australia because of the visa status. Women being brought to Australia on temporary visas by their partners are often forced to remain in abusive relationship for fear of being deported. This threat is held over the heads of vulnerable women and they only come forward at the point where the abuse is intolerable and they have been forced to reach out to someone for help. Domestic Violence services and many other groups and services working with Immigrant and Refugee families are all too often confronted with this difficult issue.