Magistrates Fear for Indian Women Withdrawing Intervention Orders

Two Melbourne magistrates have taken the unusual step of publicly raising fears for the safety of Indian-born women, who they say have been withdrawing intervention orders against violent partners at alarming rates.

After two Indian-born women died, allegedly at the hands of their partners, in December and January, some groups raised fears of an epidemic of violence against migrant women.

Victoria Police officers and Magistrates Courts do not routinely record the ethnicity of family violence victims, so painting a true picture of the levels of abuse in different communities is difficult.

But two magistrates who spoke to Fairfax said they had strong anecdotal evidence Indian-born women were not taking out intervention orders against violent partners until violence had escalated, and were more likely than non-Indian women to withdraw them.

Read more in SMH.


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