Action Research Support – TAS project summaries
Migrant Resource Centre
Project contact: Beth Lord, Senior Project Officer
This project is supporting culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities to reduce violence through identifying issues, increasing knowledge and service access, and community commitment to reducing violence. This is occurring through:
- Bicultural community consultant training in gender equity and domestic violence
- Action research to identify issues and appropriate responses specific to each target cultural group
- Workshops/training/round table discussions with community groups and service providers to provide shared insights and increase preparedness to respond
Colony 47 Inc.
Project contact: Colleen Breheney
The project aims to work with the community of Ravenswood, Launceston to support them in taking positive action and look at ways that could reduce family violence in their suburb. The program has analysed data from information collected that has been fed back into the community to develop practical and sustainable projects to create attitudinal change and break the cycle of family violence.
To date a group of volunteer advocates are working on a number of projects including the launch of an anti-violence banner made from contributions from many in the community, emergency bags for women and children, and guest speakers on various topics. The program also works with the local school to create awareness about family violence through song.
The Salvation Army
In partnership with the University of Tasmania, The Salvation Army will undertake an action research project- ‘DADS for KIDS’ which will source multi-purpose resources culminating in a flexible ‘training module’ in consultation with key stakeholders and the community which aims to increase awareness of the impact of men’s violence on children. As part of the training module, a multimedia film clip will also be developed for different media platforms including television commercials, web-based services and social media.
The UTAS researcher, Don McCrae will facilitate an action research process with key stakeholders, supervised by the UTAS project research team, with the aim of identifying best practice training resources that address the puzzle of how to engage and educate men who are users of violence, to work with men in a non-discriminatory way and to increase safety of children.