Australians should show 'sensitivity' to migrants whose cultures 'don't value women's and child's rights' claims new domestic violence study
A taxpayer funded study has made the audacious claim that Australians need to show 'cultural sensitivity' towards migrant men who physically abuse their wife and children.
The study conducted over a three year period was funded by the Australian Research Council and points out that some human rights affect migrants' integration and 'successful settlement in Australia', specifically those in relation to women and children.
The study refers to some refugees claiming that these rights 'contravene the cultural values, norms and mores' of their ethnic groups, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Yet the study has faced strong resistance in the shape of federal Minister for Women Michaelia Cash who has stated Australia is categorically against family violence.
'Violence against women is unacceptable in any circumstances,' Ms Cash told The Saturday Telegraph.
The study has however called for 'cultural sensitivity and understanding of the impact on male refugees' who suffer a sense of separation and an overwhelming feeling of disappointment when their views are repulsed by society.
The report did point out refugees' appreciation for the factors of Australian life such as healthcare and education that were not available to them in their home nations, yet a 'major point of contention' was the differing views on women's and children's rights.
What was most upsetting for many refugees was the strong stance Australians had when it came to domestic violence.
It will be this Australian ethos that will repel the study's findings with many in union with Prevention of Domestic Violence Minister Pru Goward who insists wife beaters must 'change their ways.'
A recent example of the nation's position on the matter was its reaction towards Sydney primary school teacher Reem Allouche telling the women's arm of hardline political group Hizb ut-Tahrir that men are permitted to hit women with sticks.
The practice was widely condemned across Australia with Ms Cash again denouncing the violence.
The research has come at a time of migrant change, where Malcolm Turnbull's government has tightened immigration by implementing an 'Australian values' test for hopefuls in search of citizenship.
The government has been accused of 'racial profiling' after grilling prospective citizens on domestic violence and forced marriage, with The Settlement Council of Australia raising concern.
The study which was orchestrated by UNSW that the issue of domestic violence could be worsened if male refugees are ignored.
It also argues that women and children who do make attempts to adopt an Australian way of life and its values will be 'cruelly punished'.
Many migrant victims of the abuse are oblivious to the support they can receive or avenues they can take to rectify their problems such as divorce according to Shakti migrant women's support group national co-ordinator Tamana Mirzada.
'Often they don't have the capacity to leave,' Ms Mirzada revealed.
She also pointed out seeking help indicates weakness in a marriage, something which is strongly frowned upon within their community.
Ms Cash did reiterate the constant efforts to provide ongoing support for migrant women who need it.