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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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ANROWS hosts events as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange work, including public lectures, workshops and research launches. Details of upcoming ANROWS activities and news are available from the list on the right.



ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.



To support the take-up of evidence, ANROWS offers a range of resources developed from research to support practitioners and policy-makers in delivering evidence-based interventions.


Prevention of violence against women and safer pathways to services: Ten research insights from the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects with Action Research (CALD PAR) initiative.

This report provides key insights into “what works” for prevention and safer pathways activities engaging CALD communities in Australia.

The CALD PAR initiative was funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services from December 2017 to June 2020. It involved 26 projects across Australia aimed at preventing violence against women and creating safer pathways to crisis and support services that respond to family violence in CALD communities. The initiative was funded under two streams with 18 CALD Communities Leading Prevention projects and eight Safer Pathways for CALD women projects.

ANROWS was contracted to support the CALD PAR projects to use action research to evaluate their activities. This report draws on ANROWS’s analysis of projects’ action research findings, notes from support activities and evaluation surveys.

The report highlights the importance of intersectional practice that:

  • connects with communities to learn more about how experiences of oppression, privilege and colonial structures intersect in local contexts
  • critically reflects on inequalities in power and privilege between project teams and different community groups
  • collaborates and builds coalitions with community groups, services and individuals to work towards systemic change.

Its ten insights identify directions for future work in increasing strengths-based community engagement, using aspirational language to frame activities, creating non-judgemental spaces to engage CALD men as allies, building capacity in culturally safe practice and supporting bicultural workers.


Publication details

This report is part of the ANROWS Insights publications series and is not intended to be a research report but rather is a project report that outlines selected work and findings of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects with Action Research.



Research Officer, ANROWS

Research Officer, ANROWS

ISBN: 978-1-925925-37-1 (print) | 978-1-925925-38-8 (online)

94 pp.


Suggested citation

Koleth, M., Serova, N., & Trojanowska, B. K. (2020). Prevention and safer pathways to services for migrant and refugee communities: Ten research insights from the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects with Action Research (CALD PAR) initiative (ANROWS Insights, 01/2020). Sydney, NSW: ANROWS.

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