Based on the observations and findings of ACHRH and its Founder /Director , ACHRH has come to recognize the significant adverse role played by dowry in domestic violence in the Indian and the South Asia communities . Dowry is defined as Substantial gifts in marriage that are out of proportion to the income of the two families. Although the Indian culture is renowned for its infamous practice of “DOWRY” demands by the Groom , this archaic practice of giving and taking dowry flourishes in other CALD communities of Australia . Dowry demands have recently been linked with at least two deaths in Victoria – Chinese and the Indian community.

DOWRY RELATED FAMILY VIOLENCE AND DEATH – ACHRH SUBMISSION TO RC -24-4-15