Your Partner in Matters Regarding Family Violence
If you are an eligible visa holder who has suffered from family violence, it is important to know that you don’t have to suffer in silence. Under immigration law, special provisions allow you to continue with your permanent visa without fear of your visa status being threatened. This means you no longer have to live in fear of being deported.
Petty Sampson Immigration Lawyers are here to support you and help you navigate this difficult situation as you embark on a new chapter of your life.
What to Do if You Are a Victim or at Risk of Family Violence
Family violence can take many forms, not just physical harm. According to r1.21 of the Migration Regulations 1994, relevant family violence includes conduct, whether actual or threatened, that reasonably causes the alleged victim or their family members to fear for their safety or wellbeing. This conduct could also relate to the property of the alleged victim.
It’s important to note that relevant family violence also includes psychological and financial abuse, which can be just as damaging as physical abuse. This definition ensures that victims of family violence can seek protection and support, regardless of the type of abuse they have experienced.
You don’t have to face it alone. Contact Petty Sampson Immigration Lawyers for discreet, judgement-free support.
Four Scenarios Exist Under Which Family Violence May Be Suffered or Committed:
Domestic Violence Support
If you are in immediate danger, you should call the police on 000. Australian Police are safe and can be trusted. They will not deport you to your home country or take you to an immigration detention centre.
If you need an interpreter, call the Australian Government’s Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450.
For free, confidential counselling and information call 1800 737 732 .