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Victims depend on their aggressors to stay in Australia because the partner is the sponsor
They are brave women!
The Brazilian ladies who talked to SBS Portuguese for this special report coped with violence, overcame challenges e, now, they want to help other women to never suffer as they did.
They talk about their own pain and, also, about the problem of having their life in Australia directly attached to their husbands. These women were in "Partner Visas", and their permanency in Australia depended on their aggressors.
The Brazilian lady we called Ingrid had her name changed and voice altered to protect her identity.
The Immigration Department written statement is below, as well as a list of where to look for help.
WHERE TO LOOK FOR HELP
- Police on 000 if you are in immediate danger
- 1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732, https://www.1800respect.org.au/?_sm_au_=iVVr8rM8vp8N1qMP
- Domestic Violence Line: this is a statewide free-call number and is available 24 hours, seven days a week. 1800 656 463, http://www.community.nsw.gov.au/parents,-carers-and-families/domestic-and-family-violence/domestic-violence-line
- Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association of NSW – 02 9635 8022
- Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia - http://www.rape-dvservices.org.au/
- Community legal centres around Australia: They provide free information and assistance. CLCs are located throughout Australia in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote locations, find a centre near you by visiting http://www.naclc.org.au/clc_directory.php or by calling 9264 9595.
- Women’s Legal Services NSW – Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (DVAS) – 1800 810 784 or 02 8745 6999. Their website is http://www.wlsnsw.org.au/?_sm_au_=iVVr8rM8vp8N1qMP
- Another Closet: services and information on violence in gay and lesbian relationships. Their website is http://www.anothercloset.com.au/?_sm_au_=iVVr8rM8vp8N1qMP
- Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Program – 1300 888 529, this service provide court support, advocacy, referrals and information. Some WDVCAS have specialist workers to help women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- RSPCA Safe Pets Program – 02 9770 7555. The RSPCA Safe Beds for Pets program provides temporary housing for pets of people who are seeking refuge from domestic violence
- Domestic violence at work – provides information and support to working women experiencing domestic violence on how to stay safe at work
- Legal Aid NSW (Defensoria Publica): They provide free information and assistance. They have offices located throughout NSW in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote locations, find a centre near you by visiting http://www.legalaid.nsw.gov.au/contact-us/find-a-service or by calling 9219 5000.
- Legal Aid offices in other states: find their offices and contact numbers by visitinghttp://www.nationallegalaid.org/
- Rape Crisis Centre/Sexual Assault Hotline – 02 9819 6565 or 1800 424 017
- Victims Access Line – 1800 633 063, provide confidential support, referral and information for victims of crime
- LawAccess NSW: is a free government telephone service that provides legal information, referrals and in some cases, advice for people who have a legal problem in NSW. If you require an interpreter, call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450 and ask for LawAccess on 1300 888 529 or visit http://www.lawaccess.nsw.gov.au/Pages/representing/Representing-yourself.aspx
- If you need a free interpreter call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 131 450 and ask them to connect you to the phone number you wish to speak (i.e. police, DV hotline, community legal centre etc).
- Multilingual Phone Service (Department of Human Services). They operate a national multilingual phone service for customers receiving Centrelink payments and services. Call the Multilingual Phone Service to speak with skilled bilingual service officers.
- Victims Services: 1800 633 063
- Centrelink - Family and parenting payments: 13 61 50
- Child Support Agency Australia: 131 272 help for separated parents over financial support of their children
- CreditLine: 1800 808 488 financial advice and referral
- Multilingual information: 13 12 02
IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT WRITTEN STATEMENT