Whittlesea CALD Communities Family Violence Research Report 2012 - Page 8

Capacity building community & religious leaders o o Objective: The model will develop networks with community/religious leaders to build capacity to respond to family violence, and develop anti-violence tools, resources and messages to support their communities. Key achievements in 2014 Eight local religious leaders engaged, representing Chaldean, Syriac Orthodox, Sikh, Shi’ite, Pentecostal, and Sri Lankan community elders ‘Families Free from Violence’ forum with 110 participants at Chaldean Church with presentations from priest, community lawyer, police officer and FV support worker. 8 religious 110 participants at a ‘Families free from Violence’ forum leaders engaged Future: Further sessions with Chaldean Church to be delivered (for women and young people). Networks and partnerships explored with other leaders, including members of the Farsi-speaking Iranian community as part of the Our Watch project. Similar forums/information sessions scheduled with: o o o Reducing recidivism Thomastown Shi’ite community Sri Lankan Senior Citizens group Encompass Church Mernda Objective: The model will increase access to behaviour change programs by CALD men through developing of language/culturally specific programs. Key achievements in 2014   Two Arabic-speaking Men’s Behaviour Change Program facilitators currently undergoing training in Graduate Certificate of Social Science: Male Family Violence (Swinburne University) Combined funding/in-kind contributions to run Arabic Men’s FV Group in 2015 ($25,853), lead by implementing agencies InTouch and Kildonan UnitingCare. Future: A pilot Arabic-speaking Men’s FV Group will run in the first half of 2015 and funding sought to implement a fully accredited Arabic-speaking Men’s Behaviour Change Program. 7