A national voice for immigrant and refugee women’s wellbeing in Australia
Preventing Violence Against Women

Preventing Violence Against Women

Preventing Violence Against Women
Current projects include:

MCWH works to prevent violence against immigrant and refugee women in a number of ways:

  1. Bilingual community education
  2. Cross-cultural and intersectionality training
  3. Promoting gender equality in workplaces
  4. Providing input into policy
  5. Building the evidence-base

As part of our ASPIRE research project in 2015-16, we invited an extraordinary group of women to take photographs to illustrate their thoughts about family violence. We are currently creating an online gallery which you will be able to access here. To learn more about the collection contact MCWH.


Equality@Work is a partnership project between the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) and Mercy Health.

It is the first workplace prevention program in Australia to address gender inequality and other intersecting forms of inequality which make immigrant and refugee women particularly vulnerable to family violence and other forms of violence against women.

The project is funded through the Victorian Government’s Free from violence Strategy.

What is equality@work?

Equality@Work is a workplace gender equality project to prevent violence against women before it occurs. Given the culturally diverse nature of the Mercy Health workforce, this means recognising and addressing how gender and social inequality disproportionately affect staff from migrant backgrounds. While many Australian workplaces have designed and implemented gender equality action plans, Equality@Work is the first workplace initiative that specifically engages migrant women workers to better understand and address their needs. The project is funded by the Victorian Government for 12 months between July 2018 and June 2019.

For more information about the Equality@Work project, please contact Nat Vega through our contact page or on (03) 9418 0950.

Making the Links

Making the Links is about building safer pathways for culturally and linguistically diverse women in regional Victoria.

It is an innovative and collaborative project linking migrant women to mainstream, family and domestic violence and sexual assault services in Bendigo, Ballarat, Mildura and Swan Hill.

This project is a partnership with Ballarat Community Health and other services in regional Victoria.

What is Making the Links?

Making the Links is an innovative and collaborative project to link migrant women living in regional Victoria to mainstream family and domestic violence and sexual assault services. Working with partners in Bendigo, Ballarat, Mildura and Swan Hill, the project will:

  1. Engage relevant service providers, and build their capacity to deliver a more culturally-appropriate service
  2. Encourage migrant women to better understand family violence and sexual assault and link them to local services.

Making the Links is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services through the Safer Pathways for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women Program.

To learn more about the project, contact Hope Mathumbu through our contact page or call (03) 9418 0926.

Making the Links funding announcement
Bilingual Education To Prevent Violence Against Women

MCWH works directly with women to build their capacity to take positive action to prevent and address violence against women. Through bilingual peer education, multilingual information and leadership programs, MCWH brings women together to address violence in their lives and in their local communities.

Why is this important?

Violence against women is a global issue that occurs in all countries and cuts across all social differences including race, socio-economic class, ability sexuality, ethnicity and faith. Many migrant women’s experiences of gender-based violence intersect with other experiences of discrimination, inequality and violence such as racism, xenophobia and other restrictions that impact on their help-seeking pathways. Raising this issue in a supportive environment gives women greater confidence to ask questions, share experiences and access evidence-based information and relevant resources.

How is this topic delivered?

MCWH trained bilingual health educators conduct education sessions for women in up to 20 languages in their local community. MCWH programs follow a holistic, peer-education model that respects immigrant and refugee women’s experiences and knowledge.

What does this topic include?

MCWH offers the following modules to immigrant women, which can be delivered on request at a group’s chosen location:

MODULE 1: Gender Equality
MODULE 2: What is violence against women?
MODULE 3: Prevention of violence against women
MODULE 4: Support services for women

Content can be tailored to fit the specific expectations, needs and experiences of the participants.

Who do I contact to organise a session?

For further information contact Amira Rahmanovic, Health Education Manager,
on +61 9418 0918 or amira@mcwh.com.au.