Domestic or family violence and Australian visas

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Some people in Australia on temporary visas are worried that leaving their, they will be forced to leave Australia for their home country.  The Migration Act has provisions that if the relationship finishes due to domestic or family violence, it can allow the visa applicant to apply for permanent residency.

“Family violence is a crime and is unacceptable in Australia. If you are in Australia and you have applied as a partner for certain permanent residence visas, you (and any dependent family member included in your application) do not have to remain in an abusive relationship just to get permanent residence.”

Domestic and family violence is not just physical or sexual violence. It also includes emotional, psychological or financial, and it could be a combination of these elements. The non-physical components are sometimes not thought of as violence, but they are dangerous and not uncommon.

There are very specific things that must be done to prove a claim for a permanent visa based on family or domestic violence. They are complicated and you should seek professional help from a registered migration agent.

Emotional

  • Promising to change behaviour
  • Threatening to hurt your children, family, friends or pets
  • Threatening to damage your possessions

Psychological

  • Putting you down in private or with other people
  • Putting your family or friends down
  • Keeping you from your family and friends
  • Restricting you to the house

Financial

  • Not letting you have your own work
  • Not letting you have your money

If you have these issues or aren’t really sure, we encourage you seek help. We can help you work out the visa issues about domestic or family violence

Man in bedAlthough violence is more often experienced by women, it happens to men as well. Violence against anybody is unacceptable. People who are violent to men include their children, wives or partners, parents and siblings.

Men who are subject to domestic and family violence are more often impacted by psychological problems, stress, depression and alcoholism.

Many men who have domestic and family violence feel shame about the situation. This may be because they think they should be able to look after themselves from violence. Remember that it is never your fault and men, like everyone else, are entitled to the full protection when it comes to domestic and family violence.

We understand the family and domestic violence provisions in immigration law and have had good success with visas and appeals for both men and women. Call now for help before it is too late.