Two Logan organisations will be running projects to help stop domestic and family violence in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Logan-based Youth Off the Streets and Springwood organisation, Islamic Women’s Association of Austrlia were last week awarded $25,000 grants which will allow the programs to go ahead.
Youth off the Streets engagement and support manager Michelle Ackerman said her organisation’s project would help give young people a better understanding of the law.
“We want to ensure young people are given a proper understanding of the law, particularly around the issue of coercive control,” she said.
Youth off the Streets has long been part of the Logan welfare network and helps youth aged 12-25.
They currently operate a number of programs specifically for people of diverse backgrounds.
This would allow the group to work with cultural leaders to respond to their needs and how to best respond to domestic violence issues, Ms Ackerman said.
She said the relationships formed with cultural groups were valuable for many facets of youth engagement.
“The triggers are the same for different issues, such as homelessness,” she said. “So this is extremely valuable.”
The Islamic Women’s Association would conduct four workshops which would provide information to cultural leaders about domestic and family violence.
They would develop information in the language of local groups and help spread the word that domestic and family violence was unacceptable.
Minister for the prevention of domestic and family violence and Waterford MP Shannon Fentiman said grants were a commitment to women’s safety in culturally diverse communities.
“We know that culturally and linguistically diverse Queenslanders can be at increased risk of experiencing DFV and face additional barriers to reporting violence, seeking support and escaping a DFV situation,” she said.
Women in culturally diverse communities can face an increased risk of domestic and family violence, isolation and language barriers, which may affect their ability to seek assistance when escaping violent relationships.
“The projects will be delivered across Queensland with a focus on engaging with cultural and faith leaders, awareness raising, developing understanding of Australian law and respectful relationships, and providing education within CALD communities,” Ms Fentiman said.
She said projects would be delivered over eight months between February and October 2022.
“The projects and all innovative, culturally appropriate and focused on primary prevention, which will strengthen the capacity of Queensland CALD communities to address all forms of violence against women,” she said.