Migrant and refugee women in Australia continue to struggle with the challenges of living in a new country and adjusting to new customs. Many find themselves in situations that put their health and lives at serious risk.
A staggering percentage will be confronted by acts of domestic violence and suffer unspeakable abuse at the hands of loved ones from behind the closed doors of homes that, from the outside, appear loving and safe.
While this abuse is not limited to women and sometimes men, of migrant or refugee status, it can nevertheless be worse when English is their second, third or even fourth language. This problem is compounded when women have little if any understanding of the laws of their new homeland and feel they have nowhere to turn for support.