There are special family violence provisions in immigration law that are intended to relieve the fear of a ‘partner visa’ applicant who may believe that she needs to stay in an abusive relationship in order to remain in Australia. These provisions allow certain applicants to obtain permanent residence even if the relationship with their Australian sponsor has broken down, where there is evidence of family violence against the applicant or her dependent child.
A report or statutory declaration from a GP detailing physical injuries and/or treatment for mental health issues that are consistent with family violence can be used as part of the evidence given to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to access the provisions.
If your patient has concerns about her visa to stay in Australia, you may wish to refer her to Immigrant Women’s Speakout, phone (02) 9635 8022, or the Immigration Advice & Rights Centre, phone (02) 9279 4300.
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