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Potential Outcomes for Your Visa & Citizenship if Guilty of Domestic Violence

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Potential Outcomes for Your Visa & Citizenship if Found Guilty of Domestic Violence

Committing domestic violence in Australia or another country is treated with utmost seriousness by the government. Such actions can lead to the cancellation or refusal of visas due to concerns about one’s character. Even applications for Australian citizenship can be declined based on character grounds. The criteria for determining good character are outlined in section 501 of the Migration Act 1958. These requirements are used by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) to assess whether an individual meets the character standards.

Meeting these character standards is essential when applying for a visa or seeking Australian citizenship. These standards are applicable regardless of whether there is an official court conviction or sentence, as DHA officers can consider various reliable sources to gather evidence of domestic and family violence.

The scope of domestic and family violence, according to the Department, encompasses various forms such as physical violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse, controlling behavior, stalking, technology-facilitated abuse, financial abuse, abuse of the elderly, and forced isolation or economic deprivation, including dowry-related abuse.

During the character evaluation process, DHA officers take into account an individual’s behavior and whether they accept responsibility for their actions, understand the impact of their violence, and have taken steps to change their behavior. This might involve participating in behavior change or alcohol programs.

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It is crucial to emphasize that we strongly condemn any form of domestic and family violence. If you are a victim of such violence, you have the option to apply for a protection order. Free and confidential counseling and information are available through 1800 RESPECT, reachable at 1800 737 732.

In cases of immediate danger, calling the Police at 000 is recommended. The Australian Police are trustworthy and can be relied upon. For further information, you can refer to: