I am in Australia on a temporary partner visa
Some women who have come to Australia on a temporary partner (or spousal) visa are worried that if they leave their violent partner, they will be forced to return to their home country. This is not true. The Migration Act allows that if the relationship breaks down due to domestic or family violence, the victim can apply for permanent residency.
For advice and assistance regarding immigration law where there is domestic and family violence, please contact the following services.
Immigration Advice and Rights Centre Inc.
Level 5, 362 Kent Street, Sydney
Phone: 02 9262 3833 (advice line – Tuesday and Thursday 2.00pm to 4.00pm)
Immigrant Women’s Speakout
Phone: 02 9635 8022 (Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm)