Alice contacted IARC because while she was visiting family in China she received a notice from the Department of Home Affairs that her husband had withdrawn sponsorship for her partner visa. Alice came to Australia on a temporary partner visa to be with her husband. Soon after she arrived her husband became abusive towards her. He would criticise and yell at her, often making her cry. She had to ask his permission before she could leave the house. He would control her and the money she spent. He tried to stop her from having any friends, and often threatened to have her kicked out of their apartment, and the country, if she did not obey him. He often said that if she did anything wrong, he would send her back to China, where being divorced is shameful.
As a result of this abusive behaviour, Alice began to suffer from anxiety and depression. Alice’s husband sent her back to China under the guise of visiting family, and it was while she was there she received the notice from the Department of Home Affairs. Unfortunately cases like this are not uncommon at IARC.
IARC was able to help her, and explained that her husband could not cancel her visa, nor did he have the right to have her deported. Instead, we helped Alice make an application under the family violence provisions. We helped Alice collect evidence to show that she had experienced family violence from her husband during their relationship. Alice was granted a permanent visa independent of her husband.