Women and their children on temporary visas – survey findings
The DVNSW member survey found 369 people on temporary visas experiencing violence sought or received assistance in May 2020 and that 36% of services were unable to provide temporary accommodation for women on temporary visas.
Whilst some service providers were able to provide limited support to these women through donations that they receive, over 82% reported that it was not possible to secure long-term accommodation for their clients. Similarly with no access to Medicare or Centrelink there was limited access to critical services and support with many service providers unable to provide women with counselling (45%), legal advice (55%), financial assistance (39%), and health assistance (33%).
DVNSW is advocating to the NSW and Commonwealth governments, as a member of the National Advocacy Group for Women on Temporary Visas experiencing Violence and as an Advisory Group member of AWAVA on these issues.