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Australia to Support Domestic Violence Victims on Partner Visa

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Pursuant to a recent report, Australia, the Land of Kangaroos, has launched a new policy to help domestic violence victims on temporary partner visa. Mr. Chris Bowen MP, the Immigration and Citizenship Minister of Australia and Mrs. Julie Collins MP, the Status of Women Minister, in this context were quoted as saying that these amendments will streamline the assessment process of the cases related to domestic violence under the law of immigration and will offer a wide range of proof for supporting those claims.

Mr. Bowen further added that under this new policy, to streamline the operation and accessibility of the provisions of family violence, the government will improve the proof requirements claims for visas based on domestic violence. The ongoing process of attaining constitutional declarations, with a number of technical criteria, can become little tougher for a number of victims.

The Immigration Department is planning to execute these amendments from exactly 24 November 2012. In the short-term, the Immigration and Citizenship Department of the nation will update the guidelines of the policy to ensure that candidates on partner visa, which provides the proof, apart from the required constitutional declarations, should be considered.

Under the provisions of Family Violence Scheme of Australia, some people who are applying for Australia PR (permanent residence) can carry on with their applications following the failure of their marriage, in case they are able to provide appropriate proof that they or any of their family members have faced domestic violence from their partners. It includes spouses and partners in certain family and business visa categories.

Mrs. Collins reportedly expressed that family and domestic violence are not acceptable. It is very essential that women don`t have to face any problem while trying to get out of aggressive relationships. These women should be provided with all the assistance and necessary support in this regard. She also added that these changes will actually bring the difference to the lives of the women, who are staying in Australia on provisional visas and who have gone through the trauma of domestic violence.

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