If you’re experiencing domestic violence, use this information to make a plan that works for you.
Removing cultural barriers
An Emerge program that provides group support for women from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Family violence has an impact on women from all cultures. And, while it often manifests in similar ways, women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds have different experiences of family violence. This is largely due to the different perceptions of male dominance and control often present in other cultures.
Many women from CALD backgrounds have come from arranged marriages and experience extreme isolation, with no family or existing friendship groups to support them. They may also have limited English skills and difficulty understanding the systems in Australia that support women experiencing family violence.
The Immigrant Women’s Empowerment Group (IWEG) aims to break down the barriers experienced by CALD women in a supportive group environment. Facilitators explore the common experiences and impacts of family violence, assisting women to become the navigators of their own journey.
IWEG is co-facilitated by an Emerge staff member and a Community Development student; a CALD woman who was once a client of the service. The facilitators encourage women to communicate and express themselves in a non-judgemental, safe environment and receive the kind of support that comes from sharing their experiences.
Many Emerge programs are the result of identifying gaps in current family violence services for women. IWEG is a working example of a unique and successful program that offers crucial support to women in need.
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