Help-seeking strategies of victim/survivors of human trafficking involving partner migration

Kelly Richards and Samantha Lyneham (2014): Help-seeking strategies of victim/survivors of human trafficking involving partner migration

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 468

ISSN 1836-2206
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, February 2014

Foreword | Victim/survivors of human trafficking involving partner migration employ diverse help-seeking strategies, both formal and informal, to exit their exploitative situations. Drawing on primary research conducted by Lyneham and Richards (forthcoming), the authors highlight the importance of educating the community and professionals from a wide range of sectors—including health, mental health, child protection, social welfare, social work, domestic violence, migration, legal and law enforcement services—about human trafficking and the help-seeking strategies of victims/survivors in order to support them to leave exploitative situations.

Enhancing Australia’s knowledge of victim/survivors’ help-seeking strategies will better inform government and community responses to this crime, improve detection and identification of human trafficking matters and subsequent referral to appropriate victim services.

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