May marks Queensland’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, raising community awareness and sending a clear message that violence will not be tolerated in any of our communities.
Domestic and family violence is internationally recognised as a fundamental violation of human rights. It is a distinctly gendered problem that disproportionately affects women and their children.
Women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds face further barriers including language, discrimination, and a lack of family and community support, which may prevent them from disclosing when they are affected by violence.
This may be more apparent during COVID-19, when survivors are forced to stay at home or in close proximity to their abuser more frequently.
What is domestic violence?
Immigrant Women’s Support Service describes domestic violence as “any form of violence or abuse experienced by a person that is perpetrated by their spouse, intimate partner, family member, or informal carer. For more information about this in various languages, please visit IWSS website.
Domestic Abuse Interventions Program (DAIP) have developed the Power and Control Wheel to help people understand what constitutes domestic violence, and help to educate and inform staff, clients and partners working in the community services sector.
DAIP have also developed the Equality Wheel, which describes the changes perpetrators of abuse need to make to stop their violence. This is available in various languages on the IWSS website.
The Australian Government has developed a Family Safety Pack for men and women coming to Australia, including information on Australian laws regarding domestic and family violence, sexual assault and forced marriage, and a woman’s right to be safe. These packs have been translated into 46 languages, as well as a downloadable low literacy storyboard. For more information, visit the Department of Social Services website.
The University of New South Wales has worked closely with refugee communities to explore how human rights influence refugee settlement in Australia. From this research, they have created various resources for newly arrived refugee families in different languages, including a Train the Trainer manual, three booklets and an animated film on Human Rights in Australia.
True Relationships has developed a ‘Your Body, Your Choice’ downloadable fact sheet, detailing important information for people who have experienced sexual assault. It is available in nine different languages.
Multilingual library online catalogue
Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) have a free online library with more than 5,000 resources in over 70 languages on women’s health and wellbeing. This is part of a program to improve the health and wellbeing of immigrant and refugee women across Australia.
Health Translations also has various information for people experiencing domestic and family violence. Explore their resources here.
If you or someone you know is in fear or anxious about their partner, call DVConnect Womensline on 1800 811 811 24 hours a day, seven days a week or visit the website.
DVConnect Mensline is a free, confidential telephone counselling, referral, information and support, service for Queenslanders identifying as male, and who may be experiencing or using domestic and family violence. Call 1800 600 636 or visit the website for more information.
If English is not your first language, or you feel more comfortable communicating in another language, ask for an interpreter. There is no charge to use this service.
Call 000 in an emergency if you are in danger.