Migrant women may be at greater risk of experiencing family violence. Yet, they may also encounter particular difficulties in leaving the violent home, This paper identifies one particular difficulty: the process and evidentiary issues that some migrant women have experienced in using the Family Violence Exception provision (Migration Regulations 1994 Cth). This legislation has been amended a number of times to better meet the needs of victims of family violence seeking to escape the violent home and obtain a permanent visa. The most recent amendments took place in 2012. We examine changes to the evidentiary grounds and process and ponder the possibility of potential ongoing problems.
EASTEAL, P., & BARTELS, L. (2014). Immigrant Women and Family Violence: Will the New Exceptions Help or Hinder Victims? Alternative Law Journal, 39(3), 167-171. https://doi.org/10.1177/1037969X1403900306