ThePolicy Challenge Agreat number of people experience abuse without reporting it — many of them aremigrant women. Domestic violence is still a hidden problem for migrant women. Withno support of family nor finance, migrant women are isolated and forced tosuffer in silence. “Onewoman said she accepted her situation because her husband sponsored her visa.””Onewoman said she accepted her situation because she can not speak English.” Rightnow, statistical evidence pertaining to the number of immigrant women whoexperience domestic violence in countries like the US, Australia, and NewZealand are unavailable.
Most of the women blame themselves, feel ashamed, andare reluctant to share their experiences. Isolated by visa restrictions andlanguage barriers, these women are forced to endure violence too afraid to seekhelp. Outlineof Behavioural Intervention Aconfidential domestic violence registry should be established. It offersprotection for migrant women as men prone to domestic violence would have toinform the authorities of their current address, making it much harder for themto drop off the radar. It treats violence and its effects through therapy andcounselling. Toencourage migrant women to speak out, it is a registry that aims torehabilitate, not shame. This registry is about giving women security.
Givingthem the choice to rehabilitate their partners and ensure the safety of theirfamily. It will also extend the services to children if involved — as violenthouseholds affect a child’s psychology, opening them up to trauma and bullying. Theywould have to tell authorities of status of their relationships through regularcheck-ups with their spouses. Publicly-funded marriage counsellors, angermanagement specialists, and local authorities would be available for theirservice. Evaluation Insightfrom this registry is invaluable.
We need a better understanding of behaviourfrom perprator, victim, and community.Thereare three main areas lacking attention to human behaviour caused by domesticviolence in migrant women: a.) Policy Decisions.
Policymakersare often ill-informed about domestic violence and immigration issues — forexample, treating evidence with bias. inconsistency in policy lead tosuboptimal environments for these women. b.) Safety Provisions. Thejustice system is often designed to facilitate errors. Numerous cases ofdomestic abuse could have been prevented if it were not for poor decision-making.Some perpetrators roam freely without consequences.
c.) Silence. Communityleaders need to reach out to isolated women. Some are still sceptical of thescale of the problem. Awareness and responsibility is necessary to disbandsilence.