Domestic Violence – Family violence support project

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Project SAFE a Women’s initiative:

Violence in a relationship has massive impact on victims, family members and on society. Deeply dents financial, physical and psychological wellbeing of Soceity.

Give us a punch line that promotes tolerance; non- violence; equality; Peace; justice and so on.

PILOT PROJECT LAUNCH: 4th August 2014

  • Volunteers support:Seven days a week but time bound services as per the availability of the Volunteers.
  • Referral time:10am to 10pm 7 days a week
  • GPCA Helpline:0420 351 927

Stakeholders:

SAFE project Panel comprises of Professional Social Workers: Psychologist; GPs; Solicitors; Referral support by by Domestic Violence Line; Networking with local Associations; academics; individuals; Community Leaders; Volunteers from the Community and the Victims of domestic violence – both males and females.

Beneficiaries of Services:

the project aims at servicing people from Indian sub cultural background and People from Indian Sub Continents such as India; Sri Lanka; Bangladesh; Pakistan; Nepal; Bhutanese Communities (due to Organisation’s volunteers Strengths and limited resources).

Geographical Coverage:

Sydney suburbs and NSW through Web based support services.

Nature of Services:

Crisis basis support services; Prevention of Domestic Violence and Promotion of Healthy family Relationship.

Types of Services:

  • Phone support services
  • Professional Counselling Support Services
  • Monthly meet and greet programs
  • Ongoing Web based support services
  • Referral to Government support services
  • Access to Community resources such as on crisis based food; accommodation and travel services

Introduction:

Domestic violence is not unique to the Indian community. However, the way it manifests in the Indian community is unique. Settling in a new country; striving to meet many material demands; social demands to meet the status; demands from the spouse and children; cultural and values exposure adds to the stressors that lead to strained relationship; striving to meet the expectation from the family back in India and also family attitude advising the spouses to adjust to the situation is adding the strains.
The lack of family support for many women in Australia makes the situation difficult for victims. There is no social support from the extended family, friends.
The d/v is now been witnessed in every sub culture and difficult to pinpoint a single sub culture only because it has not been reported by them due to family shame and taboo attached to it.

Victims of domestic violence are often not aware:

Their Rights; Provisions of laws in Australia; Support given by the Govt. such as legal; housing and counselling support. Supports provided by Indian Consulates.
A big issue is pertaining to the newly arrived migrants and those who hold temporary Visas. Who often do not get financial support; required amount of counselling support through Medicare and housing with Housing NSW or the Refuges – due to changes in State and Federal Governments policies.
These are most vulnerable sections of our society.

Trigger factors may attributing to D/V:

  • Stresses and demands related to settlement for newly arrived migrant. Meeting material demands of the family. Values conflict and dilemma whether to assimilate or integrate in Australian Society.
  • Victims feeling powerless and lonesome as no other support in the community except that the spouse and children. Victims often wishing the problems away without actually addressing them – that leads to further mental health related issues.
  • Exploitations and threats by the perpetrators due to “contract marriage” by the spouse. Students being exploited by the landlord or work place boss.

Process:

We aim to reach out to provide support to the women and the children in their time of extreme vulnerability as they have been or are victims of Relationships violence or Domestic Violence.

Therefore in this program we look forward to have a community support base for victims of domestic violence:

  1. A friend to speak with.
  2. Friends to hang out with.
  3. Encouraging to access referral support services from D/v line; Police; approaching legal aid or Community legal network services.
  4. Making community aware of the services.
  5. Making perpetrators of the Crime aware of Indian Community’s involvement in the issues. So that the perpetrator takes preventive actions for not causing the abuses.
  6. Creating a network with the Indian Communities and association those who are working for Women and d/v support group.

A centralised intake service will assess the basic information and will provide linkages to appropriate services. For instance: referral to Telephone counselling, information and referrals (offered by trained social workers and counsellors who have an understanding of the needs of the person who is impacted by the family violence.)

Information will be provided about the resources available in the community by government and the non-government sectors (referral to d/v line; crisis centres, accommodation, legal, immigration and health).

On going Interactive forum will also be formed comprising of Trained Social Workers; Counsellor/Family Therapist/ Psychologist; Doctors; Indian High Commission; Spokespersons for various Community organisations; trained volunteers.

Confidentiality will be maintained to protect the idneity of victims of Domestic violence.

Contact:

  • Call Gandhi Peace Centre Australia: 0420 351 927 (10am to 10pm)
  • Visit www.gandhipeacecentreaustralia.com
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