International students’ sexual and intimate partner violence experiences

The challenge

A range of cultural, social and structural issues may increase the vulnerability of female international students to gendered violence, leading to serious impacts on health and wellbeing. Yet, little is known about their experiences or how best to support them.

Project overview

This project aims to generate data identifying the nature, circumstances and impacts of sexual and intimate partner violence against female international students in Australia. The project intends to increase the safety of female international students by identifying their risk and protective factors, exploring their experiences and support requirements, and developing best-practice responses.


Outcomes of this project include a new conceptual model and guidelines for service providers.

Project team

  • Associate Professor Laura Tarzia (Project Lead, The University of Melbourne)
  • Associate Helen Forbes-Mewett (Monash University)
  • Professor Ly Tran (Deakin University)
  • Associate Professor Kelsey Hegarty (The University of Melbourne)
  • Associate Professor Marie Segrave (Monash University)
  • Professor Cathy Humphreys (The University of Melbourne)
  • Dr Adele Murdolo (Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health)


10 May 2019 9 December 2023


Australian Research Council – Discovery Projects


More information

International students’ sexual and intimate partner violence experiences | ANROWS – Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety

Tran G., Forbes-Mewett H., Tran L. T., Hach M. & Tarzia L. (2024). Help-Seeking After Intimate Partner or Sexual Violence: Exploring the Experiences of International Student Women in Australia. Violence Against Women, 0(0).


sexual violence, sexual harassment, female international students, victimisation and perpetration, culturally and linguistically diverse communities