Immigration Policies and Immigrant Women’s Vulnerability to Intimate Partner Violence in Canada

  • Vathsala Jayasuriya-Illesinghe


This article explores Canadian immigration policies’ influence on immigrant and newcomer women’s vulnerability to intimate partner violence in Canada. Neoliberal policies’ influence on immigration policies and restructuring of the welfare state, the creation of structural conditions that increase immigrant and newcomer women’s vulnerability to intimate partner violence while restricting their access to services that can help them seek recourse from such abuse, are discussed. The underlying question raised and discussed in this article is whether cultural identity and distinctiveness could be used to rationalize exclusionary policies that are contrary to the ideals of multiculturalism in Canada.


Immigrant women Intimate partner violence Immigration policy Canada 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Yeates School of Graduate StudiesRyerson UniversityTorontoCanada

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