Multicultural Centre For Women's Health


Preventing Violence Against Women

MCWH is leading the way to prevent violence against migrant and refugee women in Victoria and Australia.

Preventing Violence Against Women

MCWH is committed to working together to stop violence against women before it starts.

We are proud of the role we play in highlighting the experiences and perspectives of migrant and refugee women relating to family violence in Victoria and Australia.

On this page you can find out more about current projects, resources, training and bilingual education relating to gender equality, respectful relationships and preventing violence against women in migrant and refugee communities.

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.

MCWH has been running a number of projects to address violence against migrant and refugee women in specific ways:

  1. Equality@Work - an innovative workplace prevention project for migrant women;
  2. Safer and Stronger Communities - building the capacity of settlement organisations to take an intersectional approach to workplace equality, and to work meaningfully with people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in co-designing community prevention activities
  3. Making the Links - connecting migrant women in regional Victoria with services;
  4. One for All - building the capacity of multicultural and ethno-specific organisations preventing violence against women;
  5. Getting Equal - gender equality education and leadership for migrant women across Victoria
  6. MUSES - research to support settlement services to support women and families experiencing violence
  7. Faith Communities Supporting Healthy Family Relationships - building the capacity of faith leaders and communities to prevent violence against women and families
  8. Women’s Health Services Workforce Capacity Building - building networks and capacity among migrant and regional women's organisations to magnify existing efforts to prevent violence against women
  9. Safety and Support in My Language - delivering in-language information on healthy relationships, gender equality and family violence to ensure migrant women at risk of experiencing family violence access services at an earlier point

MCWH also brings women together to address violence in their lives and in their local communities through bilingual peer education, multilingual information and leadership programs.

MCWH connects directly with women by sharing accurate and relevant information in their first language. Bilingual education supports women to make informed choices and lead positive action to prevent and address violence against women.

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 through the Contact Us page. One of the essential steps to preventing violence against women is to increase gender equality. All of our programs, projects and partnerships are designed to increase gender equality and to strengthen and promote migrant women's leadership in all aspects of public and private life.