Family Strengthening Project
SMECC has received funding to December 2020 from the Victorian Department of Premier & Cabinet to deliver a Family Strengthening Project within the northern Mallee. The project aims to promote respectful relationships through the promotion of human rights and gender equality to local CALD community groups.
This program is able to support anyone from any Culturally & Linguistically Diverse background – no restrictions
Key Focus Areas of the project:
- Identifying the root cause of family violence within different cultures - Family risk factors (dominant behaviour or other identified family or children protection issues);
- ‘Education’ for prevention with a focus on gender equality – This may include, sexual harassment, respectful communication with women from any culture, rights around arranged/forced/early marriage etc, ‘dominant’ behaviour by males and family violence laws.
- Referral and support for any person who wants help with any of these problems – coordination with specialist services as required.
An additional focus will be on connecting community members to mainstream service providers and strengthening these connections.