Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects with Action Research

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.

During this initiative, ANROWS will host three national workshops on action research, the prevention of gender-based violence and safer pathways for CALD communities to use mainstream services. In partnership with Our Watch, ANROWS is also supporting a Community of Practice to encourage the 26 organisations to build strong networks and regularly share ideas, successes and challenges.

Eighteen projects are focusing on the prevention of violence against women and their children in local communities, and eight projects aim to create safer pathways for women and their children to access mainstream crisis and support services.

The central goal of action research is to create positive change and develop practical solutions to local problems. It offers flexibility and collaboration and contributes to building a body of evidence during the course of everyday work. Action research requires ongoing reflection on project directions and outcomes. It provides organisations with opportunities to adapt and change project activities (if this is required due to changed circumstances or indicated by the information gathered) to ensure that better outcomes are achieved. Action research encourages an open exploration of what is and what is not working and supports innovation without fear of failure.

The CALD PAR initiative builds on lessons learned from the ANROWS Building Safe Communities for Women and their Children (BSCW) action research initiative that supported 40 projects to develop and implement solutions to reduce violence against women and their children in local communities. The BSCW final report and a compendium of stories can be found on the ANROWS website.

Summaries of the diverse and innovative work of these CALD PAR projects are accessible below. Working documents from Workshop 2 are available here.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects with Action Research (CALD PAR)

CALD Communities Leading Prevention Stream

Read the prevention project summaries

Safer Pathways for CALD Women Stream

Read the safer pathways project summaries
Companion House (ACT)
A Celebration of Culture and Respect
Catholic Care Social Services Southern QLD (Centre Care Toowoomba) (QLD)
Building Links Empowering South Sudanese (BLESS)
Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT (ACT)
Men's Outreach Workshops (MOW)
George Street Neighbourhood Centre (QLD)
Safer Pathways for CALD Women
Asian Women at Work Sisters in Strength (NSW)
SiSters (Sharing in Strength)
Townsville Multicultural Support Group (QLD)
Safer Pathways for CALD Women
Boronia Multicultural Services (NSW)
Let's take the Lead − Keeping our women, children and community safe
Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours (QLD)
Safer Pathways for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women: Capricornia Families are Everyone's Business
Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW (NSW)
Men Against Violence
Women's Legal Services (SA)
Ask Maria
South West Sydney Legal Centre (NSW)
Creating Connections in Schools to Empower CALD Communities
Ballarat Community Health (VIC)
Safer Pathways for Refugee and Immigrant Women, Ballarat and Western Victoria
SydWest Multicultural Services
Domestic Violence Prevention Project
Multicultural Centre for Women's Health (VIC)
Making the Links − Building Safer Pathways for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women in Regional Victoria
Western Sydney Local Health District / Multicultural Health Sydney (NSW)
'Rich cultures should have Rich relationships': Primary prevention domestic violence project with Sudanese and Punjabi communities in Western Sydney
Save the Children Australia (VIC)
Safer Pathways
South's Community Hub (QLD)
Free of violence − Community to all
Relationships Australia South Australia (SA)
The Good Life
Australian Centre for Human Rights and Health (VIC)
Mutual Relational Respect
Australian Greek Welfare (Pronia) (VIC)
Let's make respect a reality
Centre for Holistic Health (VIC)
Facilitating Responsible and Non-Stigmatising Attitudes and Practices Towards Domestic Violence in the Chinese Community
Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services (VIC)
Healthy Multicultural Families
VICSEG New Futures (VIC)
Cultural Playgroups in Diverse Communities - Promoting Family and Community Safety
Wellsprings for Women (VIC)
Women's Health and Safety Program
Women's Health in the North (VIC)
Side By Side
Save the Children (WA)
Strength 2 Strength

ANROWS contacts

Dr Elizabeth Orr, Senior Research Officer
Ph: (03) 9667 9035 | email:

Dr Maria Koleth, Research Officer
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