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DEALING WITH DOWRY

DOWRY ABUSE & SOUTH ASIAN POPULATIONS IN AUSTRALIA

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SUPPORT SERVICES

Services endorsed for Dowry Abuse Support

Capacity Building, Training & Consultancy on Dowry Abuse

Dowry Abuse - The Journey 

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The practice of Dowry in Australia came with the first migrants, along with other cultural and traditional practices. 

Dowry Abuse in South Asian countries has been outlawed from 1961, carrying criminal charges and penalties

In Australia Dowry Abuse was clearly identified in 2014, but proves to be more challenging to identify and address.  

2014

Dowry Abuse Exposed

Clear cases of Dowry Abuse  first identified. 

2018

Motion Against Dowry Abuse NSW

The City of Parramatta passed a motion against Dowry Abuse. 

The Cumberland City Council passed a motion against Dowry Abuse.  Leading to a State wide motion being passed at the National Local Government Conference

2020

NSW Govt Roundtable

NSW Government began the process of reviewing legislation reform in line with the recommendations of the Senate Report.

2015

Anti Dowry Campaign

A petition launched to raise awareness against Dowry Abuse 

2019

Senate Report

26 Jun 2018 The Senate referred The Practice & Incidence of Dowry Abuse in Australia to the Legal & Constitutional Affairs References Committee.  The report published in February 2019 had twelve recommendations.

2020-22

Research

The City of Parramatta sponsored research into Dowry Abuse to be conducted by Western Sydney University supported by SSI & ICSA.

PARTNERS

Research into Dowry Abuse in Western Sydney was undertaken by four partners. 

- City of Parramatta sponsored the research.

- Western Sydney University undertook the research

- Settlement Services International advised on Domestic & Family Violence

- Indian (Sub-Cont) Crisis & Support provided Subject Matter Expertise

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