Women surviving violence: cultural competence in critical services

4 Jun 2013

Executive Summary: This paper highlights that, while there is no evidence that family violence is more endemic, or profound in CALD communities, when it does occur, the Australian justice and protection services are not adequately accounting for the additional complexity that can be embedded within CALD women’s experiences of violence. These service gaps have led to lower rates of reporting and disadvantage in access.

Responding to this disadvantage will require investment in strategies to expand the options available to CALD women.
Strategies highlighted in the paper include:

  • Developing cultural competence within critical services;
  • Supporting community owned prevention programs, acknowledging the expertise of CALD women;
  • Strengthening the capacity of services run through community and migrant resource centres, as a means of ensuring a diversity of services; and
  • Investing in engagement programs to enhance familiarity between State service providers and CALD communities.

For these strategies to succeed, CALD communities will need enhanced support and resources. That is an ideal and sustainable way to expand the options available to women leaving violence, to prevent future violence and to combat disadvantage in access to support servcies.

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