Abbott’s ‘budget crisis’, CALD women’s loss? Service providers explore the impact of funding cuts

Lesley Pruitt, Gemma Hamilton, Georgina Heydon, Ceridwen Spark

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Women have been disproportionately affected by funding cuts to services following the 2008 global financial crisis. Using a feminist intersectional analysis of austerity measures applied to family violence (FV) services in Victoria, Australia, including 11 service provider interviews, we find that: the Australian government drew on global narratives of austerity in constructing a ‘budget crisis’, with subsequent cuts to funds addressing FV; budget cuts negatively impacted services’ abilities to address the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women; there is a lack of qualified interpreters and multilingual services, and; there are missed opportunities to engage and support young CALD people in FV services. Policy recommendations to support FV services and their abilities to help CALD women and young people are provided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-350
Number of pages16
JournalAustralian Journal of Political Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2017


  • Budget cuts
  • CALD
  • culturally diverse
  • family violence
  • global financial crisis
  • violence against women

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