ASPIRE Exhibition and Project Report Victorian Launch

Photo credit: 'Behind Closed Doors' by Reeta Verma.

Over the last two years the ASPIRE research project has worked to generate evidence about family violence against immigrant and refugee women in Victoria and Tasmania. At this event we will present ASPIRE findings and engage with key stakeholders to discuss the implications for Victoria’s response to family violence. The event features an exhibition of powerful photographs taken by immigrant and refugee women as part of the ASPIRE project.

Please join us to celebrate immigrant and refugee women's strength and learn more about the circumstances in which they experience, negotiate and escape family violence, and the services that help them.

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More about the ASPIRE Research Project

Violence against women occurs in all communities and cultures, but little has been written about how the experience of immigration and settlement may impact on women’s experiences of violence and use of support services.

ASPIRE is an important research project funded by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) that has worked with immigrant and refugee women, men, communities and service providers to better understand how immigrant and refugee women’s experiences of violence and support might differ from those of Australian-born women.  The research focuses on the experiences of women of diverse backgrounds living in metropolitan and regional centres in Victoria and Tasmania.

More about the Exhibition: “If I could say one thing to my community”

The ASPIRE project took a community-based, participatory approach that involved extensive consultation and involvement of immigrant and refugee women.  In addition to interviews and focus groups, one component of the research invited a number of women from different sectors and geographic locations to take photographs to express their views and attitudes about family violence.  This event will feature a photographic exhibition of selected images from the project.

ASPIRE would like to thank Our Watch for contributing additional funds to realise this photographic exhibition.

More about the researchers

The ASPIRE Project is funded by Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS). ASPIRE is a collaboration between the University of Melbourne, the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, and the University of Tasmania. The research team includes Cathy Vaughan, Deb Warr, Karen Block and Erin Davis from the Centre for Health Equity (University of Melbourne); Adele Murdolo, Regina Quiazon and Jasmin Chen (Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health); and Linda Murray (University of Tasmania). The research team also includes a group of 20 bilingual and bicultural workers, speaking over 25 languages, who have contributed to the the research process throughout.

The project has also been supported by expert Advisory Groups in Victoria and Tasmania who have provided invaluable expertise and advice to the research team.

The project would not have been possible without the very many women and men from family violence, health, settlement, support and other services; community, ethno-specific, multicultural and migrant based organisations; and the many passionate individuals living and working to address family violence in our research sites: City of Brimbank, City of Dandenong, City of Greater Bendigo, Latrobe City in Gippsland, inner Melbourne in Victoria and Glenorchy Hobart, and Launceston in Tasmania.

The ASPIRE research team would like to express our deep gratitude and respect to everyone who participated in interviews, focus groups and Photovoice for the ASPIRE project. This research is a direct result of your generosity and willingness to share your experiences with us and we are very thankful for your support. We particularly acknowledge the strength of all the immigrant and refugee women who shared difficult and painful, as well as funny and hopeful, experiences with us.