ECCV launches Women Surviving Violence paper

The Hon Heidi Victoria, Minister for Women’s Affairs launched ECCV’s new policy paper Women Surviving Violence – Cultural Competence in Critical Services on Tuesday, 4th of June, at the ECCV’s head office.

The launch was attended by over 30 people from service providers to community organisations.

In her speech Hon Heidi Victoria mentioned the obstacles women face when accessing support services, the needs of CALD women and addressed the scale of intimate partner violence in our society in general where the statistics indicate that one in every three Australian women will experience family violence at some stage in their lives.

Intimate Partner Violence is the leading preventable contributor to disease, disability and death for women aged 15-45 in Victoria (VicHealth 2004).

ECCV deputy chairperson Marion Lau, OAM spoke about ECCV’s advocacy work on behalf of women of diverse backgrounds to address their needs and put forward policy that can enhance the responsiveness of critical services such as the ones dealing with women who experienced violence.

At present, support services are limited in their ability to respond to diversity. For some time now ECCV has been advocating on behalf of women from CALD backgrounds who have experienced violence and highlighting the need for more accessible and responsive support options and resources.

Family violence is often not reported by women of CALD backgrounds. Women who participated in the production of this report identified some of the main reasons for this. The limited capacity of services to respond to clients in a culturally responsive and appropriate manner was identified as a strong disincentive to seeking support.

Key barriers mentioned during consultations for this paper on the follow up of Victoria’s Action Plan to Address Violence Against Women and Children( 2012-2015) were: lack of information and awareness of the law, insufficient knowledge of legal rights and how to access and use available services, lack of available or suitable interpreters, fear of homelessness, fear of stigma and social isolation, a reluctance to contribute to negative stereotypes about one’s community and culture, experience of discrimination and uncertainty in immigration status or visa dependency.

Based on in-depth consultation and research, the Women Surviving Violence – Cultural Competence in Critical Services paper makes recommendations with a view to expanding the options and support available to women in multicultural Victoria.

This paper clearly outlines the importance of self-determined, locally situated responses to family violence, focusing on culture as a point of strength and resilience.

To access the paper click here.

ECCV launches Women Surviving Violence paper

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