SMECC has received funding to October 2018 Victorian Department of Premier & Cabinet to strengthen Mildura local initiatives to prevent and respond to family violence and other related issues linked to gender inequality within local CALD community groups.
Since the beginning of 2017 SMECC has had trained staff to identify, assess and support clients from any CALD background experiencing or at-risk of family violence. There is also a particular focus for this project to work in conjunction with the Humanitarian Settlement Service program to develop understanding of these issues with newly arrived families, and for families going through the stresses of being reunified after a long period apart. This project has been not only providing client case support, but also working with partners such as the Mallee Domestic Violence Service and the Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights to not only provide client services to undertake a range of community engagement activities to build broader understanding of these issues and to identify vulnerable community members.
This program is able to support anyone from any Culturally & Linguistically Diverse background – no restrictions
Key Focus Areas of the project: •Identifying family violence - Family at-risk factors (dominant behaviour or other identified family or children protection issues); •‘Education’ for prevention (not only violence, but also sexual harassment/ respectful communication with women from any culture, rights around arranged/ forced/ early marriage etc, and ‘dominant’ behaviour by males); •Assessment, referral and ongoing holistic client support for any person who wants help with any of these problems – coordination with specialist services as required
•Focus on engaging newly arrived HSP clients (and families on other visas new to Australia) in these activities – With a particular focus on helping families to understand the stressors and risks of families coming to Australia (and the particular stressors of families reunifying together after time separated)