One in four women in Australia experience physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner. People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ) experience intimate partner violence at similar rates as those who identify as heterosexual.
Domestic and family violence is described as a silent epidemic in Australia as people are reluctant to leave violent relationships or report violence for a number of reasons. For migrants on partner visas, they face additional obstacles as they fear reporting violence will result in them losing their visa, their children and their ability to remain in Australia. While family and domestic violence is a priority of government migrants remain invisible with little in the way of support or services.
More than half of IARC's work is assisting survivors of domestic and family violence to obtain a visa independent of their violent partner. This works ensures survivors and their children are able to live free of violence.
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