NAVIGATING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AS THE HOLDER OF A PARTNER VISA

Sadly, the number of domestic violence has increased over the years. In many cases, these victims are foreigners holding a temporary Partner Visa. The Department of Home Affairs has a serious approach and provides zero tolerance to domestic violence. 

Those who are victims can still be assessed for the Permanent Partner Visa and remain in Australia. You do not have to fear ‘losing’ your current temporary visa, or having your visa ‘cancelled’ just because your relationship has ceased because of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence is defined as any conduct that makes you fear for your or your family’s safety and wellbeing. It may be directed at you, your family, pets or property.

You and your family do not have to remain in a relationship where you fear for your or your family’s safety to stay in Australia.

Domestic and family violence can include:

  • physical violence
  • sexual assault
  • verbal or emotional abuse
  • controlling behaviour
  • stalking
  • technology facilitated abuse
  • financial abuse
  • abuse of the elderly
  • forced isolation or economic deprivation, including dowry-related abuse.

Call 000 in an emergency. If you or someone you know is in danger call the Police on 000. Police in Australia are safe and can be trusted. 

If domestic violence has been identified, it is important to inform the Department of Home Affairs as soon as possible. You will not have your visa cancelled. Instead, there will be support provided and your visa will be assessed through a different set of rules. 

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Written by Ross Ahmadzai

10 Nov, 2023

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