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Are Immigrant Women Visible in Australian Domestic Violence Reports that Potentially Influence Policy?

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Faculty of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney, Camperdown, Sydney 2006, Australia
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School of Law and Justice, University of Canberra, Bruce, Canberra 2601, Australia
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Received: 22 June 2018 / Revised: 10 September 2018 / Accepted: 14 September 2018 / Published: 21 September 2018
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Abstract

Through an intersectional lens, this article explores whether immigrant women are represented in a sample of Australian government documents aimed at providing information about family violence in Australia, and discusses implications for policy development. The authors find that while these documents pay lip service to the special vulnerabilities of immigrant and refugee women; arguably, they do not engage with the complexities of the intersection of gender and other social categories. Given that the reports do not focus adequately on how race, ethnicity, culture and immigration status play a role in these women’s experiences of domestic violence, this may limit the effect of policies that address the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) victims’ needs and rights to protection. We argue that a more intersectional approach is necessary to address CALD women’s specific needs. View Full-Text
Keywords: domestic violence; immigrant; refugee; CALD; domestic violence policies; intersectionality; Australia domestic violence; immigrant; refugee; CALD; domestic violence policies; intersectionality; Australia
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Ghafournia, N.; Easteal, P. Are Immigrant Women Visible in Australian Domestic Violence Reports that Potentially Influence Policy? Laws 2018, 7, 32.

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