Woman walking down the street with her back to usWe have released a position paper on dowry abuse following the recent Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs’ report into the practice of dowry and dowry abuse in Australia.

We are calling for four key actions to take place in relation to dowry abuse – read about them in our position paper.  

inTouch believes that family violence is a violation of human rights. It is deeply harmful to all societies and cultures and unacceptable in any and all of its forms – coercion, threats, physical, emotional, psychological and economic, as well as dowry abuse and forced marriage. If women do experience family violence, they should be allowed to exercise their legal rights and access services that will support them to leave the abusive relationship and be provided with a safe place.

Incorporating dowry abuse within the legal definition of family violence would trigger appropriate responses in terms of policy and services. Dowry abuse must be addressed with a multi-pronged approach, with education and prevention key to tackling the issue.

For media inquiries contact Sonia Morabito on 03 9413 6568 or soniam@intouch.org.au