Women on Temporary Visas Open Letter

Lend your voice and help us protect women on temporary visas experiencing violence- sign your name to our open letter today.

Women on temporary visas, and their children, face great barriers when accessing essential services such as income and healthcare. Will you sign our open letter to our Federal and State Governments and demand they allow people on temporary visas experiencing violence immediate access to lifesaving resources and services?


To view a list of members of the National Advocacy Group for Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence click here.

An Open Letter to the Australian and State and Territory Governments

Dear Ministers
Every person experiencing violence should be able to access social security, healthcare, housing, legal help, interpreting services and other supports they need to be safe.

We are writing to you as members of the National Advocacy Group for Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence, that consists of over 60 state and national peak bodies, service providers and other organisations across Australia working to address domestic, family and sexual violence. Over the past few weeks, our members have become increasingly concerned for the safety and wellbeing of women on temporary visas who are experiencing violence and their children. We know that the requirement of social isolation may increase the incidence of domestic, family and sexual violence.

We urge you to act immediately to ensure that people on temporary visas experiencing violence have full and immediate access to:

  1. Expand eligibility for relevant social security payments, including crisis, welfare and rental assistance payments to all victims/survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence, irrespective of visa status, across all states, territories and federal legislation.    

  2. Expand the eligibility of housing support services to provide equal access without any visa status restrictions to temporary accommodation, crisis accommodation and transitional housing, and expand access to public housing and Safe at Home Programs to ensure that women on temporary visas experiencing violence and their dependants can have a safe place to live and a safe home.

  3. Ensure all relevant service providers offering support to women with no income on temporary visas experiencing violence—including crisis housing, health, mental health, legal, domestic, family and sexual violence crisis services and community organisations —receive adequate funding to cater to the additional needs of these victims/survivors

We also recommend amending the Family Violence provisions in the Migration Regulations, creating a new temporary visa for people experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence and providing long term and sustainable funding to specialist domestic, family and sexual violence and legal services. This will ensure that people can access the support they need to be safe without the fear of being deported. For the detailed version of our recommendations, please refer to the Blueprint for Reform: Removing Barriers to Safety for Victims/Survivors of Domestic and Family Violence who are on Temporary Visas.

Yours sincerely,
Project Respect and the National Advocacy Group for Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence



Who's signing

Amber Louise
Amanda Schofield
Danielle Roubin
Late Hillman
kathryn aedy
Gagandeep Sharma
Cameron Bloye
Jessie Belcher
Ella Dunstan
olivia skinner
Beth Tynan
Tania Cass
Leigh Mackay
Joanne Moses
Carol Kuisma
Jacquie Deady
Paula Westhead
Carol Whitfield
Jenna Linke
Erica Lewis
Suzanne Stojanovic
Marnie Ball
Malisa Howard
Geoff Heard
Yuliia Shchedrovska
Domestic andFamily Violence Network Darwin
Yola Walicka
Elyse Costigan
Ana Borges
Robyn Pettit
333 signatures

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  • Amber Louise
    signed via 2020-06-30 18:56:35 +1000
  • Amanda Schofield
    signed via 2020-06-30 18:55:43 +1000
    Women deserve to feel safe and free from the fear of violence
  • Danielle Roubin
    signed via 2020-06-30 18:26:12 +1000
    Regardless of visa status, women have a right to live free from violence. Women on Temporary visas are already living a precarious and insecure life, which increases their risks of violence. It is our responsibility to provide the services and support these women and their children need to be safe. Please adopt these recommendations including core and ongoing support to those organisations providing violence support services. They are essential to ending violence against women and girls.
  • Late Hillman
    signed 2020-06-30 18:21:01 +1000
  • kathryn aedy
    signed 2020-06-30 18:09:14 +1000
  • Gagandeep Sharma
    signed via 2020-06-30 14:50:02 +1000
    I am from the community and work in the service sector. Can see the big gaps between the needs of the clients and the migrants on temporary visas. Really need these support irrespective of their visas
  • Cameron Bloye
    signed 2020-06-30 13:34:51 +1000
    Cameron Bloye
  • Jessie Belcher
    signed via 2020-06-30 13:20:10 +1000
  • Ella Dunstan
    signed 2020-06-30 12:22:51 +1000
  • olivia skinner
    signed via 2020-06-30 12:04:57 +1000
  • Beth Tynan
    signed 2020-06-30 11:08:48 +1000
  • Tania Cass
    signed 2020-06-30 10:37:30 +1000
    I work with this client group and see the extreme circumstances they face. Because they can’t access these supports they stay in or return to violent relationships. All women in Australia should live free from violence and they should have options making it easier for them to leave violent relationships and stay safe. Women are dying. This is such an important issue and these changes are so necessary to save lives and keep women safe.
  • Leigh Mackay
    signed 2020-06-29 16:48:03 +1000
  • Joanne Moses
    signed via 2020-06-26 17:05:29 +1000
  • Carol Kuisma
    signed via 2020-06-26 11:05:21 +1000
  • Jacquie Deady
    signed 2020-06-25 17:32:37 +1000
  • Paula Westhead
    signed 2020-06-24 15:43:41 +1000
  • Carol Whitfield
    signed 2020-06-24 14:33:18 +1000
  • Jenna Linke
    signed 2020-06-24 13:23:42 +1000
  • Erica Lewis
    signed 2020-06-24 13:08:14 +1000
  • Suzanne Stojanovic
    signed 2020-06-24 11:37:44 +1000
  • Marnie Ball
    signed 2020-06-24 11:12:56 +1000
  • Malisa Howard
    signed 2020-06-24 10:50:15 +1000
  • Geoff Heard
    signed via 2020-06-23 19:02:34 +1000
  • Yuliia Shchedrovska
    signed via 2020-06-23 17:35:39 +1000
    Yuliia Shchedrovska
  • Domestic andFamily Violence Network Darwin
    signed 2020-06-23 15:25:39 +1000
  • Yola Walicka
    signed via 2020-06-23 09:52:59 +1000
    Yola Walicka
  • Elyse Costigan
    signed via 2020-06-23 08:58:28 +1000
  • Ana Borges
    signed 2020-06-23 08:08:12 +1000
  • Robyn Pettit
    signed 2020-06-22 20:55:56 +1000
    This is very important!! People on temporary visas experiencing violence need immediate access to lifesaving resources and services!! Thanks