In Australia, women from migrant and refugee backgrounds experience domestic and family violence at least as frequently as women in the wider population but face particular barriers to accessing the services that can help. These barriers include social isolation, threats of deportation made by perpetrators, fears of authorities and a lack of multilingual information.
In this seminar, Associate Professor Cathy Vaughan, Interim Director of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and Co-Director of the Centre for Health Equity, and Dr Adele Murdolo, Executive Director of the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, will discuss the role of multicultural and settlement services in supporting migrant and refugee women experiencing violence. These services regularly encounter and support women experiencing violence, however, they are rarely recognised or funded to undertake this essential work.
Research conducted through the MuSeS project (Multicultural and Settlement services Supporting women experiencing violence project), funded by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety, highlights the enormous barriers migrant and refugee women face in seeking and receiving the help they want and need. This presentation will share key findings of the project and discuss its recommendations for increasing migrant and refugee women’s access to safety and support.