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Australia introduces new measures to support the victims of family violence

The Australia Department of Immigration and Citizenship had introduced new measures to overcome the trauma of domestic and family violence. The new measures will benefit the victims of family violence under the provisional partner visa. Under the new measures, the Australian immigration will review the evidence requirements claims to obtain a visa on family violence, as the current number of technical requirements of obtaining statutory declarations is difficult.

The joint announcement by the Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, and the Minister for Status of Women, Julie Collins said, the changes would help improvement in the assessments of family violence cases under the migrant law. However, the applicant needs to provide a minimum standard of evidence to ensure the integrity of assessments. Additionally to get appropriate evidence, the immigration department will consult the organizations who work with the victims of family violence.

Furthermore, Collins said, the domestic and family violence are unacceptable, and the women facing the redundant family violence are liable to get support and assistance they need from the department.

As per the changes even after the breakdown of marriage, the immigrant can apply for permanent residence in Australia under the Australian Family Violence Provisions. Also, the applicant has to provide acceptable evidence of their stay and family violence experienced which benefits the partners and spouse in various classes of family and business class visas.

Until the new changes are applicable, in the interim, the immigration department will streamline the policy guidelines so as to consider the required statutory declarations apart from the applicant evidence.

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