Analysing Safety and Place in Immigrant and Refugee Experience

Project Details

The project's overall aim is to increase understanding of the nature and dynamics of violence against immigrant and refugee women in different Australian contexts.  Specific research questions include:

  1. What are immigrant and refugee women's experiences of violence (particularly family and intimate partner violence) and of help-seeking, in selected geographic communities in Australia?
  2. What are local barriers and facilitators to immigrants and refugees accessing violence prevention and support services in different settings?
  3. What opportunities exist for supporting community-led responses to violence against immigrant and refugee women? 

Knowledge generated will have a focus on the intersections between place, migration, gender and culture.

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Project summary

Immigrant and refugee women who have resettled in Australia are known to face barriers accessing services aimed at preventing and responding to domestic and family violence.  However there is limited evidence available about the contexts, nature and dynamics of violence against immigrant and refugee women to inform development of responsive local and community-based interventions.
This participatory research project will work with communities in eight geographic locations (two inner-city, three suburban, and three regional) in Victoria and Tasmania, to generate evidence about immigrant and refugee women's experiences in a range of settings.  The project will engage communities through extensive consultation pre-data collection and by facilitating community members' participation in generating and analysing data. A mix of qualitative methods will be used to generate rich data about the family, cultural and place-based contexts that shape the impact and dynamics of violence against immigrant and refugee women; women's help-seeking efforts; and participating cultural communities' attitudes and responses to violence and its prevention. Female and male leaders from participating cultural communities will be supported to use Photovoice to document their perspectives on opportunities for community-led responses to violence against migrant and refugee women.


Dr Cathy Vaughan

Dr Karen Block

Professor Anne Kavanagh

Dr Adele Murdolo (Multicultural Centre for Women's Health)

Dr Linda Murray (School of Medicine, University of Tasmania)

Dr Regina Quiazon (Multicultural Centre for Women's Health)

Associate Professor Deb Warr


ANROWS Open Application Grant

Research Group

Gender and Women's Health

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity