Domestic Abuse Kiwis accessing financial support in Australia

Domestic Abuse Kiwis accessing financial support in Australia

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Advocating for New Zealanders (Non-Protected) living in Australia who have been in a DV relationship with an Australian Citizen IN Australia post 2001.

Australia needs to have some sort of financial protection system in place if a relationship turns out to be a DV one, the partner of the abused is an Australian Citizen, sufficient evidence is provided with realistic eligibility criteria in place.
At the moment there is nothing of the sort for Non-Protected New Zealanders living permanently in Australia and it’s fast becoming an epidemic.

Australia’s focus on DV is huge but where is the ongoing help for those that are not entitled to Government help such as ongoing financial assistance from Centrelink or Housing options?

Those that are:

•fighting for justice and are caught up in pending court cases

•having their allegations investigated by Police

•trying to maintain their family, mental health and ongoing trauma due to abuse

•staying in an abusive relationship because if they leave, financially they are not going to survive

This is nothing short of surviving and the impact of domestic violence causes homelessness, a never ending cycle of abusive relationships because of financial dependence and even suicide.

Are you in a relationship that you feel unsafe in?
Are you worried that if you leave, you will not be able to financially cope on your own?

Abusive relationships are a cycle we desperately need to stop.
Fighting for your rights to live your best life and to not feel obligated to stay in a relationship that is causing you psychological and/or physical damage.

I’ve been where you are, I’m still in the depths of day to day survival and I’m still struggling to stay afloat.

We are placed in situations where we have little choice, but the choice to break free should not have to be one based solely on our citizenship.

To return to one’s homeland is sometimes not an option as we have made a home here and more often than not, we have been alienated from the friends and family we had before entering our relationship so the option to get on a plane would leave us worse off than ever.

There is so much more to the surviving of an abusive relationship that the government needs to take into account.

These important factors seem to be overlooked, and the ability to speak out becomes impossible because without the backing of a government taking accountability for the actions of it’s citizens, the victim remains silent and continues to be abused.

I am now fighting for justice.
You see, I am one of these Survivors, and I want others out there to know that you are not alone!

Where are my rights as a DV survivor?
Where are my rights to live somewhere safely and securely in a country that I’ve called home for the past 8 years?
Where are my rights to protect my children, who have also been severely impacted?

My DV Journey spans a number of years and I am now not afraid to speak out.

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