Posted on 17. Jun, 2010 in News

New family violence help cards translated into 12 languages will help victims from multicultural communities access information about how to get help.

Launching the new help cards today in Darebin, Minister for Women’s Affairs Maxine Morand said while these help cards were a small item, they could make a big difference by helping victims of family violence take the first steps towards getting help.

“These new help cards will make it easier for women and men from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities to contact appropriate professionals and get the advice they need,” Ms Morand said.

The help cards have been coordinated by Darebin City Council as part of a Northern region councils’ project that has included Banyule, Hume, Moreland, Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Yarra councils.

Ms Morand said the Brumby Labor Government provided $33,000 towards this project to enable the essential contact details of family violence service providers to be translated into 12 languages and also for Aboriginal men and women.

“These new cards build on the English version of the cards produced by these councils which have already been widely distributed,” she said.

“Family violence remains prevalent and is often a hidden crime. I congratulate the councils involved in this project for the leadership they are showing on such an important issue.”

The cards have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Dinka, Hindi, Macedonian, Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Turkish and Vietnamese, and have also been tailored for the Indigenous community.

Ms Morand said there have been significant reforms to the family violence system, which has led to a substantial increase in family violence reports and intervention orders sought by police, with charges being laid in many instances.

“The Brumby Labor Government is committed to tackling this issue and in addition to these reforms which are improving our response to family violence, our government is also focusing on preventing violence from occurring,” she said.

“Our government’s plan to prevent violence against women, A Right to Respect, is a systematic approach to addressing the underlying causes of violence against women.

“Implementation of the first phase of the plan has been backed by $14.1 million funding announced in the recent State Budget.”

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