We’re not hearing the screams of women and children on temporary visas
In a time of crisis, Women on temporary visas are in a particularly dangerous situation. Unable to leave abusive relationships, unable to gain support from the state.
Li* fell in love with an Australian man she met whilst he was visiting her home country, and ended up relocating to Australia to join him. They later had a daughter together, who is now pre-school aged.
Li’s partner drinks on a daily basis and abuses her in front of their daughter. Child protection services have been involved and Li has considered leaving the relationship.
However, due to her temporary visa status, she is not eligible for assistance with housing nor income support beyond the Family Tax Benefit. The NSW Government currently provides a range of crisis and transitional accommodation to victims of domestic and family violence seeking to escape the violence and abuse they are experiencing.
Access the full article by Hayley Foster for The Big Smoke Australia HERE.