Women leaving violence urgently need your support to provide for their families.
We’re empowering women in domestic violence situations to regain control of their lives.
Finding ways to respond safely, appropriately and respectfully, using capacity-building solutions developed in partnership with women of lived experience, enables them to take action in their own and their family’s best interests. Barriers to accessing this are even higher for women of CaLD backgrounds. Your contributions allow Ishar to continue providing vital health and support services for women.
A young Afghanistani woman, Aisha*, came to Australia in November 2016, to marry. She travelled on her own, and had no family or friends here. Aisha’s marriage broke down due to intimate partner violence in 2017, and she sought refuge. Aisha was referred to Ishar by her interpreter, while seeking legal advice from a lawyer around March 2019. Aisha was not aware of Ishar or what the services included, and without an appointment, walked into Ishar and spoke with Reception, who referred her to a DV worker.
Aisha has used many services at Ishar including counselling sessions with a psychologist, visits to the GP and sessions with a DV social worker. She has found Ishar’s services and staff to be very helpful, and feels grateful for the help she has received. Aisha has also been attending the Domestic Violence Therapeutic Group for the last two months, which she has found to be very supportive. Before coming to Ishar, Aisha was feeling depressed, scared and alone, with no support. The group has helped her to become more self-confident, in a safe environment. She is now feeling much happier and has also made a few friends through the group.
Ishar has helped Aisha has gain so much, such as a safe support network,feelings of regained confidence and security, and has also allowed her to start thinking about her future and what she would like to achieve. Aisha expressed her desire to go to TAFE and enrol in an interior decorating course. Before coming to Australia, Aisha was working as a beautician in her hometown, and she feels she would like to return to the industry. Aisha feels that coming to Ishar has helped her to “blossom like a flower”.
Quote from Aisha:
“Ishar for me same like as new house. Yeah, two house. Another house in my life. One house my mum house, another house Ishar.”
Women with lived experience of domestic violence are:
7x more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder
3.5x more likely to have suicidal thoughts
2.7x more likely to develop depression
4x more likely to develop anxiety
6x more likely to misuse alcohol and drugs
Children who grow up in violent homes face significantly higher risk of:
Emotional and psychological trauma.
Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, violent outbursts, drug and alcohol abuse and suicide.
Often, the perpetrators will threaten to abuse or will abuse children as a form of control against the mother.
Break the Cycle.
Domestic violence is a learned behaviour. Children grow up thinking it is okay to use violence to get what they want, and that it is normal for their adult relationships to be violent. The psychological, behavioural and emotional impacts of domestic and family violence only improve when:
Children and their mothers are safe.
The violence is no longer occurring.
They receive counselling and support.
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Family and domestic violence is experienced at disproportionately high rates by women and children of CaLD backgrounds.
Many CaLD women immigrate to Australia alone. They have very limited English and abusive partners restrict access to English language classes as a form of isolation and control. Many of the women arrive on Partner Visas, or are not yet permanent residents. Spouses use the threat of return to the country of origin as a means of control and containment.
These women face incredibly high barriers to access vital services and information about domestic violence laws, the rights of women in Australia and Australian support systems such as housing and Centrelink. Most of the women affected lack a local support network of extended family and friends to whom they can talk.
Your support can help Ishar in our response to this crisis. Our staff provide vital health and information services such as GP visits, psychological counselling, support groups and financial aid.
Help us empower women with lived experience of domestic violence to regain control of their lives and provide for their families.