The federal government has announced $ 10 million in financial assistance to help temporary visa holders trying to escape domestic and domestic violence.
Domestic violence service We have long sought more resources to support temporary migrants Those who are particularly vulnerable to abuse because they do not have access to government welfare payments.
Many temporary visa holders are also at risk of being expelled from Australia without social isolation, limited English skills, and sponsorship, increasing barriers to leaving the abusive situation.
“Whatever the status of a woman’s visa, she wants to have access to help and support as needed to protect herself from violence and abuse,” Women’s Safety Minister Ann Ruston said in a statement Thursday. It was.
“Women and children living in Australia on temporary visas may face certain challenges in reporting and accessing domestic and domestic violence support services.”
Most of the money goes to the 12-month Red Cross Pilot Program, which offers up to $ 3,000 to temporary visa holders fleeing violence to cover accommodation, food and medical care. In some cases, it is also used for referrals and short-term casework support.
The program will start in April and will support more than 1,200 women in the first year.
In addition to providing direct support to women, Senator Ruston also used the pilot program as a basis for evidence to shape future programs for women with temporary visas experiencing violence. Said.
The remaining $ 3.5 million in new funding will be sent to nine communities and women’s law centers to help women access migration and legal advice.
“People with temporary visas face greater barriers to seeking help to escape violence,” said Vicky Mau, head of the Australian Red Cross’s Immigration Assistance Program. I know and welcome this Australian Government investment. “
“We look forward to working with family and domestic violence departments to design and implement programs. We want to have access to help and support when needed, regardless of visa status. thinking about.”
A Last year’s report from Monash University Three-quarters of temporary migrants seeking domestic violence and support for domestic violence during the first blockade of Victoria said they were afraid of their lives, and many said they were perpetrating It was discovered that a person reportedly threatened with deportation.
In addition, many people lost their jobs due to the pandemic, limiting access to financial support.
The announcement was made as follows Fifteen professional women’s violence services from across the country wrote to the government on Wednesday It demanded an urgent $ 150 million additional funding to allow service providers to keep up with the increased demand brought about by the pandemic.
Last year, the federal government provided $ 150 million to states and territories to support domestic violence service providers.