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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.

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Multicultural and Settlement services Supporting women experiencing violence: The MuSeS Project

Migrant and refugee women experience domestic and family violence at least as much as women in the wider population, and they face particular barriers to accessing the services that can help.

Multicultural and settlement services can offer a key avenue of contact with migrant and refugee women, who may engage with these services soon after their arrival in Australia.

This project sought to identify how multicultural and settlement services can be better supported to assist women and children experiencing violence. The research was conducted by university-based researchers in partnership with the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health in Victoria. It involved consultation workshops, focus groups and interviews with service providers and with migrant and refugee women in Adelaide, Hobart and Melbourne, as well as a national online survey of multicultural and settlement service providers.

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 undermined 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.

The report includes recommendations for policy and practice that build on these existing strengths and opportunities.

 

 

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This work is part of the ANROWS Research reports series. ANROWS Research reports (Horizons) are in-depth reports on empirical research produced under ANROWS’s research program.


Authors

DR CATHY VAUGHAN 
Associate Professor, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

DR KAREN BLOCK 
Senior Lecturer, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

CLAIRE SULLIVAN 
Research Assistant, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

JEANINE HOURANI 
Research Assistant, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

SARAH KHAW 
Research Assistant, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

DR YARA JARALLAH 
Senior Lecturer, NIDEA, University of Waikato (formerly University of Melbourne)

DR LANA ZANNETTINO
Senior Lecturer, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

DR CAROLYN GREGORIC 
Research Associate, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University

DR LINDA MURRAY 
Lecturer, College of Health Sciences, Massey University (formerly University of Tasmania)

MARIYAM SUHA 
Research Assistant, College of Health and Medicine, University of Tasmania

DR JASMIN CHEN 
Research Advocacy and Policy Manager, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health

DR ADELE MURDOLO 
Executive Director, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health

MONISHA SANDHU 
Research Assistant, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health


ISBN: 978-1-925925-35-7 (print) | 978-1-925925-36-4 (online)

104 pp.

 

Suggested citation

Vaughan, C., Chen, J., Sullivan, C., Suha, M., Sandhu, M., Hourani, J., … Murdolo, A. (2020). Multicultural and Settlement services Supporting women experiencing violence: The MuSeS project (Research report, 11/2020). Sydney: ANROWS.

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