The MuSeS project
Multicultural and settlement services supporting women experiencing violence
There is increasing interest in reaching migrant and refugee women experiencing family violence through settlement and multicultural services. This is because evidence suggests that women who have resettled in Australia face a range of particular and additional barriers that can hinder access to violence-specific services.
This project provides evidence about the current and potential role of settlement and multicultural services in supporting migrant and refugee women experiencing violence. The research was conducted by university-based researchers in partnership with the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health in Victoria.
The project found that multicultural and settlement service providers regularly encounter and support clients experiencing family violence. However, services’ capacity to respond to the needs of their clients is constrained by limited funding and service scope, and limited options for referral. Importantly, the project also identified core practices that strengthen the services’ capacity to respond, such as training, organisational support structures, and community connectedness.
Dr Cathy Vaughan, University of Melbourne (Early Career Researcher)
Dr Lana Zannettino, Flinders University
Dr Carolyn Gregoric, Flinders University
Dr Linda Murray, University of Tasmania
Mariyam Suha, University of Tasmania
Dr Karen Block, University of Melbourne
Claire Sullivan, University of Melbourne
Yara Jarallah, University of Melbourne
Jeanine Hourani, University of Melbourne
Sarah Khaw, University of Melbourne
Dr Adele Murdolo, Multicultural Centre For Women's Health Inc.
Dr Jasmin Chen, Multicultural Centre For Women’s Health Inc.
Dr Regina Quiazon, Multicultural Centre For Women's Health Inc.
Mr Dean Barker, Australian Red Cross, TAS
Ms Wendy Lobwein, Senior Manager PVAW, AMES, VIC
Ms Eugenia Tsoulis, CEO, Australian Migrant Resource Centre (South Australia)
Mr Jo Szwarc, Manager Research and Policy, Foundation House (The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc)
Multicultural and Settlement services Supporting women experiencing violence: The MuSeS ProjectDownload
Multicultural and Settlement services Supporting women experiencing violence: The MuSeS project. Key findings and future directionsDownload
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how multicultural and settlement services support women experiencing violence
Strengthening capacity for multicultural and settlement services to support women experiencing violence
This webinar unpacks ANROWS research, ‘Multicultural and settlement services supporting women experiencing violence: The MuSeS project’. The expert panel of researchers and practitioners discuss:
- how multicultural and settlement services regularly encounter and respond to clients who are experiencing violence
- the strengths and constraints impacting service provision
- key recommendations of the research for policy and practice.
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse women (as explicit topic).
Funded by Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments under ANROWS’s core grant.
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