04 February 2019

Intimate partner violence in Australian refugee communities: Scoping review of issues and service responses

This paper from the AIFS reviews evidence on  intimate partner violence in Australian refugee communities, and discusses what service providers can do to ensure appropriate support is available. Intimate partner violence (IPV) is the most commonly experienced form of family violence used against women in Australia, and takes place in all cultures and faith groups. Women from refugee backgrounds are particularly vulnerable to financial abuse, reproductive coercion and immigration-related violence. Intersecting factors relevant to the experience of IPV in refugee communities include migration pathways and traumatic pre-arrival experiences, as well as settlement issues, such as acculturation stress and social isolation. Integrated, trauma-informed care is regarded as promising practice for assisting these victims. Service providers can also implement strategies to enhance cultural safety which will help overcome barriers to engagement.