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Yasmin

Yasmin Khan

Year of Award: 2017 Award State: Queensland Social Welfare > Domestic Violence
To look at best practice methods to support victims of domestic violence from the Indian subcontinent - Singapore, Malaysia, UK, Canada, USA
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I have been an advocate for women from CALD communities for more than 25 years mainly representing Muslim women and women from the Indian Sub-­ÔÇÉcontinent, as this is my heritage. For the last 5 years or so, I have been advocating on behalf of domestic abuse victims, many of them who have been threatened with further abuse, deportation or family retribution to be able to tell their story of abuse and violence within their family home.


We run a totally voluntary, unfunded support service for domestic abuse victims, based in Brisbane, and we network in with domestic violence services to provide support for our clients. Most of our clients are migrants on various visas, and we work closely with the Department of Home Affairs, Centrelink and other agencies to provide safety and stability for our clients.

The purpose of this Fellowship was to explore how other countries with large Indian sub-continent populations engaged with community, educated them around domestic abuse, minimized occurrences of domestic abuse and maybe offered innovative solutions that we could adopt here. Even though this community is rather an old community in Australia, dating back more than 150 years, it is a small community, which is rapidly increasing with student visas and skilled migrant visa applications. I wanted to see what other countries were doing that we could utilize here before the population got too big and create unnecessary social issues.

Keywords: Women, domestic abuse, Muslim, Indian culture

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