This program has references to family violence, men’s violence and violence in general. Please take care and turn off the podcast if it is triggering for you.
People impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse can contact
1800RESPECT 1800 737 732, a 24-hour national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling and support service.
This podcast is recorded as part of Safer pathways projects in prevention of violence against women funded through the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services.
The views presented in this podcast do not necessarily represent the views of the funder nor of MCWH.
About Maha Sukar
In this episode we will be talking to Acting Senior Sergeant Maha Sukkar who became the first Muslim policewoman in Victoria to wear a hijab in 2004. We will ask Maha about her work with the multicultural community and barriers they may experience with the police.
About Vahideh Eisaei
Vahideh Eisaei coordinates Making the Links Project, helping migrants and refugee women living in regional areas that are experiencing, or at risk of, family and domestic violence or sexual assault, to access support services. Before joining MCWH in 2019, Vahideh has worked in Family Violence Intervention. Vahideh has completed her Bachelor of Music at Tehran University and migrated to Australia in 2008 where she completed her Mater of Music. Vahideh speaks Farsi and understand Dari. Vahideh is a Qanun player and has performed with many ensembles throughout Europe, the Middle East and Australia. After finishing her master’s degree, she enjoyed being part of a research project studying children music among new and emerging communities in Perth, Western Australia. Her love of children’s music led her to work with toddlers, preschool and school-age children.
About Making the Links
For migrant women living in regional Victoria, the pathways to family violence-related support can be unclear. Strengthening community knowledge and confidence to use support services in regional Victoria is a two way street.
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 by building capacity on both sides.