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Why some migrants in abusive relationships don’t receive help, and are deported

Earlier this month, Bernadette Romulo, a Philippine immigrant to Australia, made a desperate plea to Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to allow her to stay in the…

  • Marie Segrave
  • The Conversation

Bernadette came to Australia 11 years ago with her husband, who held a 457 visa (a temporary skilled-work visa), and two daughters.

Following the breakdown of their marriage, Bernadette began a relationship with a Filipino-Australian man, with whom she later had a son.

Kay 4dHer partner was abusive, and the relationship ended.

During this time, Bernadette remained on a visa connected to her former husband.

But Bernadette’s immigration status eventually became problematic.

She is currently on a…

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