Improving our approach to community-led prevention guide

As part of the Connecting Communities Project, The Multicultural Centre for Women's Health and Safe and Equal have partnered to develop a short guide Improving our approach to community-led prevention, designed for primary prevention practitioners working in community-led initiatives in multicultural and faith-based communities.

To achieve a world free from family violence, we have to change attitudes across the whole population. But there’s no one-sized fits-all approach to primary prevention that works for every community. An intersectional approach to primary prevention means involving, consulting and collaborating with the communities you are working with.

Multicultural and faith-based organisations have unique strengths relevant to family violence prevention. They have specialist expertise which draws on shared community experiences and examples of resilience, survival, and collective care and understands common experiences of displacement, isolation, and systemic exclusion, as well as culturally specific challenges and gendered norms.

The Connecting Communities project aims to connect practitioners to strengthen their capacity and share their expertise, while supporting practitioners to build resilience. This guide was developed after the Connecting Communities network expressed a need for short, concise and practical resources in topics relating to primary prevention work.

Connecting Communities is a partnership between Multicultural Centre for Women's Health and Safe and Equal, and is supported by the Victorian Government.