Violence against migrant and refugee women: risks, realities and responses
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About the Webinar
The experience of violence affects women across Australia, including the many migrant and refugee women who permanently or temporarily resettle in this country. Data on the prevalence of violence against specific sub-populations, including migrant and refugee women, are incomplete but all evidence suggests that migrant and refugee women experience violence at rates at least as high as the wider population. While the prevalence of violence against migrant and refugee women specifically is unclear, research has demonstrated that migrant and refugee women face particular and additional barriers to family violence services and responses.
This webinar will outline:
evidence about the additional forms of violence experienced by migrant and refugee women
the difficulties they face in accessing help and;
suggested strategies for ensuring policy and practice responds to the particular experiences, needs and strengths of migrant and refugee women.
Dr Cathy Vaughan
Dr Cathy Vaughan is a Senior Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Health in the Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. She currently leads research on the role of settlement and multicultural services in responding to violence against women (the MuSeS project); the Australian arm of a multi-country study on sexual and gender-based violence against refugees from displacement to resettlement; and research on building the capacity of faith leaders to respond to violence against women and family violence. She previously led the ASPIRE project examining the nature and dynamics of violence against migrant and refugee women in Victoria and Tasmania.
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