Whittlesea CALD Communities Family Violence Research Report 2012 - Page 63

62 FAMILY VIOLENCE SERVICE MODEL Based on the findings from consultations conducted with female survivors of family violence, community and religious leaders, service providers and young people as well as evidence gathered from the literature review, this report recommends the adoption of a co-ordinated, integrated family violence service model. The proposed model comprises six elements, each element addressing a specific need identified through the research. Whilst each element can be delivered independently, given the complex and multifaceted nature of family violence in CALD communities, it is recommended that all elements be implemented as part of an integrated approach to build a culturally responsive, effective service system that helps to reduce family violence and the impact of family violence in CALD communities in the City of Whittlesea. However, should limited resources not allow for the model to be implemented in its entirety it is still considered that there is value in one or more of the elements being delivered as a particular initiative to address an identified need. Figure 1: Expected Outcomes – Family Violence Service Model LESS OF THESE OUTCOMES MORE OF THESE OUTCOMES • • • • • • violence against women community acceptance of family violence re-victimisation social isolation amongst CALD women barriers to accessing family violence support and response services • • • • • • • Improved knowledge of what constitutes family violence Early identification of women at risk Increased community safety Improved attitudes to gender equity and respectful relationships Improved integration and collaboration of support and response services Increased awareness of service systems and supports Improved access to support and response services Increased number of services engaged in primary prevention initiatives 1. Co-ordination/Integration Mechanism The research suggests that those models of service delivery that are integrated, comprehensive and collaborative are likely to be particularly successful in addressing the interrelated factors that affect CALD women experiencing family violence and facilitating access to assistance. Models such as the United Kingdom’s Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference Model demonstrate that a multi-agency integrated approach promotes shared understanding of the risk factors and interventions for family violence and enables a comprehensive and client-centred response. The Hume Strengthening Risk Management model and the Northern Integrated Family Violence Service