| August 29, 2018

Domestic violence network in Shepparton to support culturally diverse community

Federal Murray, the Hon Damian Drum MP today announced that Save the Children Australia in Shepparton has been granted $187,000 by the Federal Coalition Government to identify and implement practical and sustainable responses to domestic and family violence in the local culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community.

Mr Drum said the Shepparton CALD Safer Pathways Network is a community-led project that aims to increase the cultural appropriateness and uptake of domestic and family violence services among local women.

“Over the next two years, Save the Children and partners will map the issues to identify gaps in local services and barriers to access. They will then leverage their combined resources to change current service delivery practices to make them more culturally appropriate, and propose further sustainable services beyond the funded period.

“The Shepparton CALD Safer Pathways Network will not only shape the future service response to domestic and family violence and sexual assault in the community, it will also benefit the CALD women who may not otherwise be accessing these important services,” Mr Drum said.

The Shepparton CALD Safer Pathways Network is led by five organisations, including Save the Children, that are major providers of domestic and family violence services in the area:

• Primary Care Connect offers health and mental health support for culturally diverse community members and refugees, including specialised torture and trauma counselling

• Kildonan Uniting Care is the largest provider of support services for newly arrived families in Shepparton

• Greater Shepparton Family Violence Prevention Network is a network of local agencies that provide services to families experiencing family violence

• Victoria Police Family Violence Liaison.

This project is part of the Federal Coalition Government’s Safer Pathways for CALD Women grants program, which aims to help CALD women living in regional areas access support services. The Shepparton CALD Safer Pathways Network is one of eight projects that has received funding under this initiative, collectively totalling $1.54 million nationwide from 2017-18 to 2018-19.

“Keeping all women and children safe in our community is of the utmost importance, and I am very pleased to announce pathways to support services will be improved,” Mr Drum said.

The Safer Pathways for CALD Women grants fall under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022.

For further information on the National Plan, visit https://www.dss.gov.au/women/programs-services/reducing-violence/the-national-plan-to-reduce-violence-against-women-and-their-children-2010-2022

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