The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects with Action Research (CALD PAR) initiative is funded by the Department of Social Services and continues until November 2019.
Through this initiative, ANROWS is assisting 26 organisations across Australia to apply an action research approach to their projects that work with culturally and linguistically diverse CALD communities on issues of family and domestic violence. This approach supports organisations to collect valuable information during the life of the project, evaluate the effectiveness of their activities and share findings and lessons for future practice.
Below are the project summaries of the 18 projects that are focusing on the prevention of violence against women and their children in local communities. Eight projects aim to create safer pathways for women and their children to access mainstream crisis and support services.
CALD Communities Leading Prevention Stream
|Project Name||A Celebration of Culture and Respect|
|Key Contact Name||Glenn Flanagan|
|Phone Number||(02) 6251 4550|
|CALD communities||Young people from refugee backgrounds (Karen, Hazara and others).|
|Geographic location||Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.|
|Key partnerships||Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.|
|Project duration||November 2017 – June 2018|
|Project activities – key words||Raise community awareness; develop prevention messages and resources informed by community consultations; share prevention messages.|
The aim of this project is to work with young people from refugee backgrounds to create and share messages that value cultural identities, promote respectful relationships and prevent family violence.
Companion House will facilitate a series of workshops with young people (focusing on young men, and including young women) to build messages of respect and prevention of family violence. Young people will advise on creating resources using these messages and will share these resources at community events.
|The project’s action research activities will include observation, compiling a project story, feedback questionnaires, project worker journals and participant reflection.|
|Project Name||Men’s Outreach Workshops (MOW)|
|Organisation||Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services (MARSS) of the ACT|
|Key Contact Name||Dewani Bakkum|
|Phone Number||(02) 6248 8577|
|CALD communities||Karen, Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian, Mon, Indian, Sri Lankan communities and communities from Sudan, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh.|
|Geographic location||Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.|
|Key partnerships||Department of Social Services (DSS); ANROWS; Domestic Violence Crisis Support (DVCS); Relationships Australia; Families ACT; Australian Federal Police (AFP); Menslink; and Everyman and Toora, Community leaders.|
|Project duration||July 2017 – June 2019|
|Project activities – key words||Education; community awareness; workshops.|
The Men’s Outreach Workshop (MOW) focuses on community awareness and educational measures to prevent and combat domestic and family violence among CALD communities in Canberra. The MOW addresses the need for a gender-specific domestic and family violence (DFV) initiative in this area. The men in the workshop will be selected with the support of the community leaders from CALD communities in Canberra.
The MOW will help participants to develop knowledge and awareness of the issues to establish a context to initiate the conversation within their own communities and mainstream communities and contribute to the reduction of DFV.
The workshops will look at a variety of issues in reference to DFV. These issues include:
|The program will conduct community consultations to discuss the initiative, understand the specific needs in each community in relation to domestic and family violence, and agree on evaluation methods.|
|Project Name||SiSters (Sharing in Strength)|
|Organisation||Asian Women at Work Inc|
|Key Contact Name||Lina Cabaero|
|Phone Number||0407 841 010|
|CALD communities||Chinese, Vietnamese and Filipino.|
|Geographic location||New South Wales.|
|Key partnerships||Philippine-Australian Community Services Inc (PACSI)|
|Project duration||February 2018 - July 2019|
|Project activities – key words||Raising community awareness; training; community consultations.|
SISters (Sharing In Strength) aims to support women with sponsored partner visa status by providing comprehensive, accessible information about visa status to them and the wide range of people who may have professional contacts with them, such as teachers, health and community workers, legal contacts and others.
The SISters project includes: the production of a partner visa information kit with information about partner visa rights and regulations; safe referral and reporting pathways information; participatory activities to use when working with women on sponsored partner visas; and training workshops for community workers and others working with women on sponsored partnervisas.
Asian Women at Work Inc (AWAW) will use a project reference group with representatives from appropriate community organisations, such as PACSI, TAFE and health providers, to trial all aspects of the project, including the information kit, training activities and community worker workshops. The project will collect user feedback through a questionnaire to support workers and support contacts (e.g. teachers). AVAW will use this feedback from trials to adjust project content and activities.
The project will compile documentation and report on questionnaires and other feedback to contribute to an evidence base regarding the experience and needs of women on sponsored partner visas.
|Project Name||Let’s take the Lead - Keeping our women, children and community safe|
|Organisation||Boronia Multicultural Services Inc|
|Key Contact Name||Bernadette Agyepong|
|Phone Number||(02) 9631 1777|
|CALD communities||South Asian and Afghan communities.|
|Geographic location||Cities of Parramatta and Cumberland, New South Wales.|
|Key partnerships||Parramatta and Cumberland Domestic Violence Network.|
|Project duration||March 2018 - June 2019|
|Project activities – key words||Community consultations; raising community awareness of gender inequality and healthy relationships; workshop; building links with support services.|
The project focuses on primary prevention strategies in preventing and reducing violence against women and children. The gendered nature of values, beliefs, roles and responsibilities can result in a power hierarchy within the family unit as well as the communities’ acceptance of this hierarchy as the norm. Strategies have been developed to address these set beliefs and attitudes so that gender equality can be viewed from a more level plane by both genders.
The strategies that will be implemented would empower women, men and young people with: the right information; knowledge and understanding about healthy and unhealthy relationships; positive communication and negotiation; and mutual respect between the genders.
These strategies will develop participants’ skills in discerning attitudes and behaviours that support violence against women and their confidence in taking appropriate and effective action. The project will actively engage men in organising a White Ribbon event and taking the White Ribbon pledge, and engage the community in a dialogue on sexism and rigid gender stereotypes, which encourage violence against women.
|We will be conducting pre- and post-workshop attitudinal surveys to gauge changes in attitude and behaviour before and after the workshops.|
|Project Name||Men Against Violence|
|Organisation||Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW|
|Key Contact Name||Fadi Nemme|
|Phone Number||(02) 9319 0288|
|CALD communities||Communities with Arabic and Punjabi speaking backgrounds.|
|Geographic location||Auburn, Bankstown, Blacktown and Parramatta, New South Wales.|
|Key partnerships||Health services; Domestic violence services; Legal centres; Law enforcement; Community leaders; and Faith and religious leaders.|
|Project duration||April 2018 – November 2019|
|Project activities – key words||Raising men’s awareness; empowering men from CALD backgrounds; establishing an advisory committee; recruiting and providing training for wellbeing connectors; providing training for wellbeing connectors (WB); developing a toolkit.|
The Men Against Violence (MAV) project aims to engage wellbeing connectors (WB) to empower men from CALD backgrounds (Arabic & Punjabi) to become the pipeline for change that will challenge current perception towards domestic violence (DV) in their community.
Men from Arabic and Punjabi speaking communities will be trained as WBs to facilitate meaningful conversations with other men in their own communities. These WBs will facilitate conversations in both small groups and with individuals. Conversations will be held during men's activities and at meeting places that men regularly frequent for example, gathering in tea/coffee houses, sports events, social activities and at places of prayer.
Support will also be extended to NSW Police and courts through the provision of WB bilingual DV support officers for cultural expertise and assistance during charging or police interaction in court or at a police station.
|Action research methods will include: conversations with participants; a survey: workshops; photos; feedback from wellbeing connectors; advice and direction from the advisory committee; ANROWS workshops; and working with other partnerships.|
|Project Name||Domestic Violence Prevention Project|
|Organisation||SydWest Multicultural Services|
|Key Contact Name||Maryam Zahid (CALD Domestic Violence Project Officer)|
|Phone Number||(02) 9621 6633|
|CALD communities||Afghan, Indian and South Sudanese communities.|
|Geographic location||Blacktown local government area (LGA), New South Wales.|
|Key partnerships||Ethnic Communities Council NSW; Service for the Treatment And Rehabilitation of Trauma and Torture Survivors (STARTTS); White Ribbon; Blacktown Police; Blacktown Women’s and Girl’s Health Centre; NSW Department of Justice; Aryana Defence Lawyers; and Indian (Sub-Continental) Crisis & Support Agency.|
|Project duration||February 2018 - October 2019|
|Project activities – key words||Community ambassadors.|
SydWest has been working in the Blacktown local government area (LGA) and surrounding Western Sydney area for more than 30 years. The organisation has developed deep links and knowledge to understand the needs of and to connect with the Indian, Afghan and Sudanese communities. The project will recruit and train volunteers from the target ethnic-groups to become community ambassadors (CAs) and undertake leadership and special DV training to develop their skills of advocacy, facilitation and culture change. It is expected that they will then recruit and support people in the community and contribute to behaviour-change. The project will involve 6-9 individuals as community ambassadors with 2-3 male and female ambassadors from each of the communities.
The outcomes of the project include:
The action research activities will include observation by the advisory committee, feedback questionnaires, pre- and post-community workshops and analysing partnership connections.
The project will develop a resource kit based on:
The resource kit will include posters, brochures, AV resources and presentations. The project will translate the information into the relevant community languages.
|Project Name||Creating Connections in Schools to Empower CALD Communities|
|Organisation||South West Sydney Legal Centre|
|Key Contact Name||Elly Raffo|
|Phone Number||0419 494 680|
|CALD communities||CALD women & children|
|Geographic location||South West Sydney - Ingleburn & Villawood|
|Key partnerships||2 local public schools|
|Project duration||March 2018 - December 2019|
|Project activities – key words||Raise community awareness through education groups with CALD women, children and school staff to challenge attitudes and behaviours that support gender inequality and violence against women and children.|
Creating Connections in Schools to Empower CALD Communities is a partnership project between South West Sydney Legal Centre Domestic Violence Services, and two local primary school. The project aims to empower parents and students from local CALD communities to become advocates in the prevention of violence against women and children.
A Mothers as Mentors group will be established at each public school. The focus of this group will be to empower women in developing leadership and mentoring skills to become change advocates in their communities. Tailored education workshops with the Mothers as Mentors group aim to raise awareness of the attitudes, behaviours and gender stereotypes that support violence against women and children.
School staff and teachers will participate in training workshops on understanding gendered violence and the impact of trauma on child development. Age appropriate workshops will be delivered for children focusing on gender equality and respectful relationships.
|The most likely method for this project ( at this time ) is feedback questionnaire from the women in the Mothers as Mentors group. This may be strengthened from observations and stories from the journey of women’s group by the facilitator.|
|Project Name||“Rich cultures should have Rich relationships”: Primary prevention domestic violence project with Sudanese and Punjabi communities in Western Sydney|
|Organisation||Western Sydney Local Health District/Multicultural Health|
|Key Contact Name||Dipti Zachariah|
|Phone Number||(02) 8838 2173|
|CALD communities||Punjabi and South Sudanese communities.|
|Geographic location||Western Sydney – Blacktown, Parramatta and Penrith, New South Wales.|
|Key partnerships||Harman Foundation; Nuba Mountains Community Women’s Group; and Spiritual Revaluation Centre (SRS).|
|Project duration||February 2018 – October 2019|
|Project activities – key words||Develop communities’ conceptual understanding of DFV; lead by communities; investing in the sustainability of project activities.|
The project is a partnership model between Multicultural Health Services Western Sydney Local Health District, the Punjabi community (Harman Foundation) and the Sudanese community (Nuba Mountains group, Spiritual Revaluation Centre). The major aim of the project is for the communities to lead the development of resources that are appropriate and sustainable in their efforts to prevent domestic violence (DV).
The project intends to:
The project will use a community based participatory action research approach (Advancement Project, 2011) in which the community is an equal partner to address DV with Sudanese and Punjabi communities in Western Sydney. Health staff have established meaningful links with both communities to secure the engagement of their leaders and members in the project. Community members will be involved at all stages of the project - from design to resource development, implementation and sustainability.
Bilingual/bicultural community members (BBCM) will conduct focus groups with community members to identify the sociocultural context for and perceptions of DV. This information will be analysed and used to design DV awareness and intervention resources based on communities’ views, these may include but are not limited to resources, programs, audio-visuals, positive behavioural mandates and tailored messages for each community.
|Project Name||Free of violence - Community to all|
|Organisation||South’s Community Hub Inc|
|Key Contact Name||Seblework Tadesse|
|Phone Number||0428 038 643|
|CALD communities||Eritrean, Ethiopian, Sudanese, Somalian, Burundian and Congolese communities.|
|Geographic location||Brisbane and Logan, Queensland.|
|Key partnerships||MDA-CALD Community leaders; Inala community House; Communify Qld; Gathering; Refugee and Immigration Legal Service; Women’s Legal Service QLD; Queensland Police Service; and Religious leaders (including those from the Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox church).|
|Project duration||November 2017 – August 2018|
|Project activities – key words||Organising peer support groups for men; developing online video resources in three languages; delivering community forums; cultural competency training; consultative support for service providers.|
The Free of Violence - Community to all project will be delivered by South’s Community Hub through the auspice support of Communify Qld to equip the target communities to address the challenges community members face, after arriving in Brisbane. The project has a specific focus on domestic and family violence in recently arrived communities. Through consultation, connection and collaboration between community members and service providers, the project will facilitate access to and the development of mainstream services that are culturally appropriate and targeted, whilst also increasing community awareness and understanding of the attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence, to facilitate community-driven and long-term change.
A key project worker, based in the South Community Hub, will be responsible for the four key project activities:
Peer support groups:
The South Community Hub will provide the venue (utilising existing resources) to connect participants with the hub. Participants will be encouraged to continue to access support from the hub following the completion of the course. The project worker will facilitate the course and build rapport with participants, so they can identify individuals who can be equipped and mentored to lead the peer-support group on an ongoing basis (after the funded period).
Further, the project worker will identify, through group feedback, relevant topics for an additional six-week course. This model is built on the learnings of the Women’s Circle Project. The topics decided in the women’s circle project were driven by the participants’ interest, which led to greater participant engagement and a significant increase in participants seeking out assistance and advice from the project worker. That resulted in warm-referrals to appropriate domestic violence support services.
South’s Community Hub has already undertaken consultation with service providers who are eager to engage with the community leaders. The forums will provide an opportunity for the community and religious leaders to build rapport and confidence to refer community members or to themselves access advice from the support services.
The development of targeted and appropriate support:
|The action research methods will include observation, feedback questionnaires pre- and post-community workshops and a project story.|
|Project Name||The Good Life|
|Organisation||Relationships Australia SA (RASA)|
|Key Contact Name||Enaam Oudih|
|Phone Number||08) 8245 8100 or 0418 824 739|
|CALD communities||African communities.|
|Geographic location||Adelaide metropolitan suburbs, South Australia.|
Ethno-specific community organisations; African Women’s Federation African Communities Council; African workers from the child protection area; migrant women; Women’s Safety Services SA; African social workers from within Government; NGOs; Education Department; FDR practitioners; White Ribbon ambassadors; Police; Faith leaders; and other community leaders where African communities gather, shop and learn about their culture and language.
Mainstream services within RASA, Anglicare, SHINE SA and women’s legal services will be involved to develop referral pathways and assess workers’ learning needs.
|Project duration||March 2018 – October 2019|
|Project activities – key words||This project aims to explore the understanding of domestic and family conflict within the African communities in Adelaide. In addition, it aims to meaningfully engage with key stakeholders and leaders of the community to drive sustainable changes in community awareness, attitudes and behaviours that lead to or contribute to violence against women and their children. It will also promote existing available support services.|
|This project aims to explore the understanding of domestic and family conflict within the African communities in Adelaide. In addition, it aims to meaningfully engage with key stakeholders and leaders of the community to drive sustainable changes in community awareness, attitudes and behaviours that lead to or contribute to violence against women and their children. It will also promote existing available support services.|
The project will employ a number of methods depending on the purpose of the activity.
|Project Name||Mutual Relational Respect|
|Organisation||Australian Centre for Human Rights and Health Inc. (ACHRH)|
|Key Contact Name||Dr Manjula O’Connor|
|Phone Number||0419 354 482|
|CALD communities||South Asian communities.|
|Geographic location||Melbourne Dandenong, Point Cook and Broadmeadows.|
|Key partnerships||Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, Telegu communities; Hare Krishna Temple; Dandenong Indian Sen Citizens Association; Victoria University; and AMES skilled South Asian migrants settlement program.|
|Project duration||January 2018 - July 2018|
|Project activities – key words||Raise community awareness; engaging with key stakeholders and the local CALD community; sustainable changes in community awareness, attitudes and behaviours; utilising a culturally relevant approach; promoting existing support available within local CALD communities.|
|Utilising a culturally responsive approach, the Mutual Relational Respect (MRR) project, aims to raise community awareness about the nature of family domestic violence and its social drivers as identified in our previous action research with the South Asian community. The methodology consists of interactive workshops that use case scenarios based on real-life stories. The participants have the opportunity to discuss and share knowledge around socially accepted boundaries between male and female friends, positive parenting and bringing up girl children in Australia. MRR respects the migrant’s previous wealth of life experiences. Participants get a chance to explore their own cultural values in relation to that of mainstream cultural values in Australia around gender relations using adult learning principles. Through recognising that a happy family is the basis of a strong community, MRR workshops help to develop the community capacity of South Asian communities with the purpose of building social cohesion and the capacity to promote respect.|
The project will be evaluated by Effective Change, an independent company that has been appointed by ACHRH to evaluate MRR. A steering committee has been formed to help liaise with the six South Asian communities, and to recruit participants. All steering committee meetings have been recorded. The recruitment of facilitators from the same six communities is underway. Ten community volunteers have been recruited and have participated in five training sessions, lasting three hours each. Observation notes were prepared from each training session.
In addition, three cases have been prepared that will form the basis of discussions in interactive workshops. A short, plain English post-training questionnaire has been developed using a five-point Likert-type scale to measure instant satisfaction. A gender attitude scale has been developed and will be administered pre- and post-workshop. There will be rapid “reaction” discussions with a sample of participants directly after most training sessions, to ask about their reactions to and impressions of the session. Six post-training focus groups will be conducted. An analysis of partnerships will be conducted, with the goal of maintaining on-going relationships for further work with the same communities to help stop family and domestic violence.
Each workshop will be followed by reflections and observations by the two project leaders and discussed with Effective Change. Any change required for the project will be recorded and evaluated.
|Project Name||Let's make respect a reality|
|Key Contact Name||Dimitri Bouras|
|Phone Number||(03) 9388 9998|
|CALD communities||Greek speaking.|
|Geographic location||Melbourne, Victoria.|
|Key partnerships||Greek community schools; Alpha Childcare; and Greek Federation of Elderly Citizens.|
|Project duration||January 2018 – December 2019|
|Project activities – key words||Community-based research; community education; engagement; partnerships with mainstream services; counselling; resource development|
PRONIA aims to educate the community on the nature of respectful relationships. Such relationships are the foundation of families free of any form of domestic violence. A leading organisation in the provision of CALD appropriate community education, PRONIA, aims to provide an innovative, multi-purpose project to CALD Communities, which will take the form of: community education; engagement and partnership with other established mainstream services; the development of sustainable resources; individual support; counselling; and research.
This project aims to engage with the Greek-speaking population of Melbourne's northern suburbs. The project aims to deliver educational seminars and activities to community members of all ages ranging from early childhood and adolescents and upwards. It will also work to ensure prevention, awareness and intervention for parents and elderly citizens, within the two year funding period.
|The project aims to have community members and stakeholders direct the process, in the sense that knowledge is produced based on their own experiences. The community members will organically define the priorities of the appraisal, as well as the collection, analysis and interpretation of data through-out the project.|
|Project Name||Facilitating Responsible and Non-Stigmatising Attitudes and Practices Towards Domestic Violence in the Chinese Community|
|Organisation||Centre for Holistic Health|
|Key Contact Name||Ada Poon, Service Coordinator|
|Phone Number||(03) 8806 7532|
|CALD communities||Chinese-speaking communities.|
|Geographic location||Local government areas (LGAs) in the Eastern region of Victoria: Boroondara; Knox; Manningham; Monash; Whitehorse; and Maroondah.|
|Key partnerships||Victoria Legal Aid; Victoria Police; Link Health and Community; and Relationships Australia.|
|Project duration||November 2017 – June 2019|
|Project activities – key words||Raising knowledge and awareness of domestic violence (DV) and support resources; promoting and enhancing a healthy and safe family, harmonious relationship and sense of accountability for harming behaviours and consequences; enhancing families’ capacity to manage negative emotions, handle conflicts and risks; facilitate a network and partnership with key stakeholders to enhance a proactive response towards DV.|
The project adopts a 3-level Step Care Model integrating prevention, early intervention and community capacity building to promote culturally relevant understanding of domestic violence and support Chinese-speaking individuals and families who are at risk of domestic violence. Objectives include:
Activities will include:
|Project Name||Healthy Multicultural Families|
|Organisation||Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services (LCMS)|
|Key Contact Name||David Hale / Rose Vincent|
|Phone Number||(03) 5441 6644|
|CALD communities||Karen and Afghani communities.|
|Geographic location||Bendigo, Victoria.|
|Key partnerships||Centre for Non-Violence.|
|Project duration||November 2017 – August 2019|
|Project activities – key words||Community workshops.|
In partnership with newly emerging communities in Bendigo, LCMS will run workshops with parents to collectively explore questions of gender roles and approaches to dealing with conflict and stress. Through open-ended conversations, we hope to develop a shared understanding with groups of men and women from each community looking at: what works for parents and what doesn’t, and what’s appropriate and what isn’t. Workshops will be facilitated by bilingual workers trained in best practice family violence interventions.
We are seeking to work with 30-40 Karen and Afghan families over the course of this primary prevention project. We are working to increase the skills of parents to deal with difficult circumstances, and to raise awareness of the effects of violence. By doing so, we believe that together we can meaningfully increase gender equity and reduce communities’ tolerance for domestic violence.
The project is being designed in partnership with the communities we are working with. Our bilingual workers will lead our initiatives, while group discussions with community members will determine the structure and content of each workshop.
Action research will be used throughout the project to help apply lessons to steer sessions from workshop to workshop. Participants will complete pre- and post-workshop questionnaires to assess attitude changes and retention of key messages. Stories of Most Significant Change (MSC) will be used to monitor and evaluate program impact across the duration of the project.
|Project Name||Cultural Playgroups in Diverse Communities - Promoting Family and Community Safety|
|Organisation||VICSEG New Futures|
|Key Contact Name||Colleen Turner|
|Phone Number||0427 437 324|
The program will operate in 29 playgroups across the Northern and Western Suburbs of Melbourne. Some of those groups are culturally and linguistically specific, and others are multicultural. Some of the cultural groups are South Sudanese, Karen and Chin Burmese, Tamil, Indian, Arabic (including Syria), Iraqi and Vietnamese.
Participants are mothers of pre-school children primarily within 10 years of arrival in Australia.
|Geographic location||Northern and Western Suburbs of Melbourne including Hume, Whittlesea, Darebin, Wyndham, Maribyrnong , Brimbank and Melton.|
Community Hub schools in Brimbank; Other primary schools hosting playgroups across the seven unicipalities; Local Governments; Best Start Partnerships, Maternal and Child Health; Kindergartens; and Family Violence networks and agencies in the northern and western Suburbs - in particular, Women's Health West and Berry Street.
This project has supported VICSEG to further develop our relationships with family violence networks in each catchment
|Project duration||February 2018 - September 2019|
|Project activities – key words||Playgroups; family violence; respectful relationships; parenting.|
The project is providing opportunities for CALD women who are mothers or carers of preschool-aged children to gain support from their own cultural and language communities about sensitive family matters including family violence (FV). The project will implement and continue a series of facilitated conversations in playgroups that support and enable mothers to develop their understanding of respectful relationships.
The conversations will be conducted in English and a range of community languages including Hindi, Dinka, Arabic, Assyrian Chaldean and Tamil. The project refers women who disclose FV or other issues and concern to the appropriate agencies. These conversations will continue for the life of the project. Participants will choose the directions conversations take. To date, this process has supported the introduction of concepts that are new to some women including financial and emotional abuse.
Existing playgroups for diverse communities in the five targeted municipalities, currently an average of three playgroups in each municipality, will participate in the project.
The project is in the process of documenting the development of the project and the issues it raises for vulnerable CALD women. Up to half of the conversations conducted in playgroups relating to respectful relationships and parenting are being documented with the consent of participants and with the use of appropriate de–identification processes. An analysis of the documentation is an important part of the action research.
To date, a number of themes have emerged, such as the importance of holding conversations discussing, what are respectful relationships in a range of cultural contexts. Those conversations always lead to discussions about relationships that are not respectful. The playgroup participants also discuss how parenting is done and shared within their own cultural contexts.
These initial conversations have formed the basis for a second stage of the project, which will support participants to decide what information about various aspects of family violence prevention they wish to pursue. Some topics already identified include services for survivors, divorce, financial abuse and the specifics of spousal visas. The project then invites experts to present to playgroup participants on issues they have chosen.
VICSEG has found it important to empower women to choose the prevention, early intervention and intervention issues that are discussed within their playgroups.
VICSEG hopes that the documentation of cultural beliefs and values about parenting and partner relationships undertaken in this project will support and add to existing research in this under-researched area.
|Project Name||Women’s Health and Safety Program|
|Organisation||Wellsprings for Women|
|Key Contact Name||Lora Hares|
|Phone Number||(03) 9701 3740|
|CALD communities||All CALD communities.|
|Geographic location||Casey, Cardinia and Dandenong in Victoria.|
|Key partnerships||Living & Learning Centre in Pakenham; Southern Migrant & Refugee Centre; Integrated Family Violence Partnership; Interfaith Network; Women’s Health in the South East; Enliven; Uniting Connections; InTouch; and Doveton Neighbourhood Learning Centre.|
|Project duration||November 2017 – November 2018|
|Project activities – key words||Developing resources; raising community awareness; referring women to culturally-appropriate services.|
The Women’s Health and Safety Program is a 2year project delivered by Wellsprings for Women in three locations across Victoria, including Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia.
The aims of the project are to:
This program is designed to: improve women’s understanding of their own health and safety issues; the steps to take to prevent harm to themselves and their children; maintain healthy and respectful family relationships; build resilience and positive parenting skills; increase their self-reliance and self-confidence; and learn about the services available to them and how to access them.
|Some of the main action research methods that the program will be using include pre- and post-program surveys, questionnaires, observations, reflections, group evaluations, one-to-one interviews and case studies.|
|Project Name||Side By Side|
|Organisation||Women’s Health In the North (WHIN)|
|Key Contact Name||Intesar Homed and Belinda O'Connor|
|Phone Number||(03) 9484 1666|
|CALD communities||Communities affected by female genital cutting (FGC).|
|Geographic location||Northern metropolitan region (NMR) of Melbourne, Victoria.|
|Key partnerships||January 2018 – December 2019|
|Project duration||Prevention of violence against women; family violence; respectful relationships; promote gender equality; improve community knowledge; increase community confidence; change attitudes.|
|Project activities – key words||Prevention of violence against women; family violence; respectful relationships; promote gender equality; improve community knowledge; increase community confidence; change attitudes.|
The Side by Side project includes the development and trial of an education module to be delivered to communities that may be affected by female genital cutting. The education modules will be designed to complement existing respectful relationships education (RRE) and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) programs that are delivered in secondary schools, tertiary education settings and community groups. Side by Side modules will be culturally responsive, stigma-free and strongly reinforce RRE and primary prevention of violence against women messages. The project will build on WHIN’s existing “Girls Talk Health” program
The project aims to:
We aim to achieve this by:
A “Critical Friends Group” will be established to guide the evaluation, which will include representatives from community organisations, health services and education providers.
Evaluation plans will be developed in consultation with the Critical Friends Group and may include:
|Project Name||Strength 2 Strength|
|Organisation||Save the Children|
|Key Contact Name||Liza Beinart|
|Phone Number||0411 024 802|
|CALD communities||Afghan, Arabic-speaking (Syrian and Iraqi), Burundian and Congolese communities.|
|Geographic location||City of Gosnells local government area (LGA), Western Australia.|
|Key partnerships||White Ribbon Australia; Redeemed Care Inc.; and City of Gosnells.|
|Project duration||May 2018 – April 2019|
|Project activities – key words||Improving knowledge and understanding; supporting development of leadership skills; developing role models; improving perceptions of masculinity and manhood; improving understanding of gendered drivers of violence; using an ecological model.|
Violence towards women is experienced by all classes, cultures and social groups across Australia. The particular social circumstances and historical contexts experienced by different cultural group’s impact on experiences and expressions of violence towards women in unique ways.
As the rate of violence against women and their children in Australia is being described as an epidemic, it is imperative that the contexts for violence against women are better explored and leveraged to ensure primary prevention initiatives can be implemented sensitively, effectively and meaningfully across all social and cultural groups.
Engaging with male community leaders, boys and young men, from three key CALD backgrounds and school groups, Save the Children is implementing an ecological model working at three levels of the local Gosnells community to examine, discuss, confront and reframe attitudes towards manhood, masculinity and violence towards women. Program engagement will include a year-long series of primary prevention workshops delivered over six months with local cultural community leaders, school-based workshops on respectful relationships and community events.
With support and guidance through partnerships with the City of Gosnells, White Ribbon Australia and Redeemed Care Inc., Save the Children’s Strength 2 Strength project will support and mentor leaders’ at all three levels in the fight against violence towards women.
The evaluation framework for the Strength 2 Strength project will include the following key components: