Don’t Dismiss Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence

Target: Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia

Goal: Invest in resources and assistance for immigrant survivors of domestic violence.

Australia has witnessed many controversies in relation to how victims of domestic violence are treated. Widespread criticisms recently compelled the nation to unveil a massive plan to invest in domestic violence prevention and aid for survivors. But a critical and dangerous gap in services still exists for one of the most at-risk groups: culturally diverse women.

Women who immigrated into Australia often face language barriers and ingrained cultural norms that hinder their ability to seek help. Authority figures can compound and worsen these barriers. For example, law enforcement has been accused of failing to take statements from reported victims who do not speak English. They have also historically failed to provide a translator for the victim and even in some cases been dismissive of the crimes. Over a one-year period, nearly four dozen immigrant women died due to domestic violence in Australia. When surviving women seek compensation and protection from other government-based sources, they endure the same obstacles.

Sign the petition below to urge leaders to draft a final plan of action that leaves no victim or survivor behind.


Dear Prime Minister Morrison,

The proposed domestic violence funding plan has faced some roadblocks in its approval and implementation. The sentiment that victims and survivors need more aid and protection is very much correct, though, and makes this endeavor worth the effort. Please ensure that it safeguards every person in need.

Culturally diverse immigrant women must grapple with barriers that make their attempted journeys out of the horrors of domestic violence especially daunting. Language differences and dismissiveness rank highly among these barriers. While law enforcement has made recent strides in providing better services to these survivors, government agencies have not been as vigilant.

Please set aside strong investments targeted toward the specific challenges faced by this at-risk and too-often forgotten population.


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One Comment

  1. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    Domestic violence is a serious crime. Do NOT dismiss these life threatening complaints.

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