Whittlesea CALD Communities Family Violence Research Report 2012 - Page 67

66 Evidence gathered from the scoping exercise indicates that CALD men may have less access to existing men’s behaviour change programs and these programs may be less effective in assisting CALD men primarily due to language barriers. The research indicated that there are currently 35-40 men’s behaviour change programs in existence in Victoria but none of these are language or cultural specific. ? ? ? ? ? ? The project will aim to address the current gap in the provision of men’s behaviour change groups to CALD communities through the development and piloting of a language or cultural specific men’s behaviour change group in the City of Whittlesea; The most appropriate language or cultural group (or groups) to pilot the implementation of the initial men’s behaviour change group will be identified by drawing on demographic data from the City of Whittlesea; A lead agency with specific experience in delivering men’s behaviour change groups will be selected to oversee the development and implementation of the group; The lead agency will be responsible for identifying and/or organising training for group facilitators and partner contact workers ; The lead agency will draw on the experience of previous groups run in Melbourne’s West to identify referral pathways for entry to the group that are relevant for the City of Whittlesea; The lead agency will oversee the implementation of the men’s behaviour change group and the evaluation that will form the basis for further groups to be delivered in the Whittlesea LGA. 6. Prevention of Family Violence: Early Intervention in the Settlement Process The research identifies newly arrived migrants, particularly those migrants and refugees arriving with limited supports and high settlement needs as experiencing increased vulnerability in relation to family violence. Additionally, women arriving under spouse or fiancé visa categories are identified as facing a range of additional barriers to accessing support, information and services when compared to other members of CALD and non-CALD communities. The settlement process itself presents new arrivals with a range of pressures and stressors that may impact negatively on the ability of individuals and families to maintain equal and respectful relationships. Professional development and the provision of information regarding the pre and post migration experiences of new migrants, the impact of specific visa categories and the specific pressures of settlement will be provided to family violence workers to ensure currency of skills and knowledge and to increase the professional capacity of family violence specialist agencies. ? ? ? ? The project will draw on teachings from VicHealth’s work on the primary prevention of violence against women which showcases a number of best practice examples (specifically adaptation of the ‘Baby Makes 3’ model to the settlement process) to deliver early intervention and targeted prevention support to men and women during the settlement process; An information and education package will be developed for newly arrived CALD couples aimed at addressing the stressors experienced during the settlement process that lead to a heightened risk of family violence; The Steering Committee in partnership with a lead agency will be responsible for the development of the information and education package and the recruitment of participants; The Steering Committee in partnership with a lead agency will be responsible for selecting, training and supporting a contact worker to deliver information, training and support to the participants;