The WRAP #48- Giving a problem a name, informed choice and 60 seconds with Ruby

We close November with a sharp focus on domestic violence, as we kicked off 16 Days of Activism on November 25th, a date shared by White Ribbon Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. For the next sixteen days we will be sharing an image of MCWH staff, communicating what needs to be done to end violence against ALL women.

We are also immensely proud to be launching the ASPIRE project-  a collaboration between the University of Melbourne, the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, and the University of Tasmania. ASPIRE is a community-based, participatory research project funded by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) which gathered evidence about immigrant and refugee women’s experiences and concerns of family violence. If you haven’t as yet done so, you can still register to attend the launch here.

The launch will also feature a photovoice exhibition with powerful photos taken by research participants.  One of the photovoice participants, Ruby, is featured as this month’s 60 Seconds interview

Until next time,
The WRAP team

New international evidence on violence in immigrant and refugee communities

ASPIRE Flyer 2015 SEP with sites
A review of international evidence published today has confirmed that migration helps make immigrant and refugee women more vulnerable to men’s violence against women. Violence occurs in all communities and cultures across Australia, but immigrant and refugee women face structural disadvantages that exacerbate and intensify their experiences and makes it harder for them to act.

The comprehensive review of international and Australian research finds that factors such as immigration policy, temporary and dependant visa status, along with social isolation and economic insecurity flowing from the settlement process, all play a role in making women more vulnerable to violence.

The State of Knowledge report, prepared by the Analysing Safety and Place in Immigrant and Refugee Experience (ASPIRE) research team, finds that perpetrators of violence are enabled to use women’s precarious, dependant and temporary visa status to wield control and power, and to restrict women’s access to services and knowledge, including about their rights and entitlements.

Chief investigator, Dr Cathy Vaughan from the University of Melbourne states, “the literature indicates that this synergy between the system and the perpetrator means that immigrant and refugee women endure violence for longer periods before seeking help, and require more contacts with the service system before getting the help they need.”

The Review also finds that immigrant and refugee women experience the same kinds of violence as all other women, but that in addition they appear more likely to experience multi-perpetrator violence from extended family and community members. Co-investigator, Dr Adele Murdolo from the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health states, “there seem to be key points at which our system makes immigrant and refugee women more isolated and dependent, which increases the power that others have over them, and limits their options for safety.”

Download or read the report online.

 For more information or to arrange an interview, contact an ASPIRE spokesperson

 Dr Cathy Vaughan, University of Melbourne: 0417 116 468
Dr Adele Murdolo, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health: 0438 823 299

The ASPIRE research project, funded by the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS), is a partnership between the University of Melbourne, University of Tasmania and the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health.

ASPIRE Project: Presenting at the Family Violence Has No Boundaries Conference

Our work on the ASPIRE ProjectAnalysing Safety and Place in Immigrant and Refugee Experience– led us to co-host a session at the Family Violence Has No Boundaries Conference, held at Melbourne Law School. Our BHE educator Manasi presented with Dr Cathy Vaughan (Melbourne School of Population and Health) on a session entitled: Promoting community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women.

Find out more about the ASPIRE project here.