Path to Nowhere: Women on temporary visas experiencing violence and their children

Report of National Advisory Group on women on temporary visas experiencing violence.

Path to Nowhere examines the issues for women on temporary visas experiencing violence and their children.

Women on temporary visas experiencing violence and their children face specific barriers to seeking support including fear of deportation and loss of custody of their children and lack of social networks, understanding of their rights and English language skills. Perpetrators of violence against women on temporary visas use these barriers to maintain power and control and to continue to use violence against women.

There is a lack of national data on women on temporary visas experiencing violence and their children.

In response, the National Advocacy Group on Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence developed an online survey for service providers to submit data on women on temporary visas experiencing violence that they worked with or who sought assistance from them during the month of August 2018. Members of the National Advocacy Group distributed the voluntary survey through their networks across Australia.

In summary the survey process found that during the month of August:

  • It appears there were at least 387 women on temporary visas experiencing violence accessing support services in Australia;
  • These women had more than 351 children or dependants;
  • Around a quarter (24%) of these women were living in crisis accommodation and around one in ten (11%) were living in temporary accommodation;
  • One in ten of these women were living at home with the partner, which may increase their risk of experiencing further violence;
  • Crisis and long-term housing was the service most needed by clients that organisations were unable to provide, followed by financial assistance.