In partnership with Lifeline SA, the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC) has delivered a series of Domestic Violence Response Training across seven workshops in Western Australia and South Australia – Port Pirie, Murray Bridge and Munno Parra. The training delivered as part of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022, aims to raise awareness of the intervention measures and preventative actions against domestic violence, women’s rights under the Australian law and the range of support services available for women to access. The partnership between AMRC and Lifeline has been ongoing for over three years.
Accredited AMRC trainer, Ms Michelle Dieu, explained that: “The workshops are targeted at frontline workers working with establishing communities to assist them in understanding the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) issues and providing them with information regarding early identification, responses, intervention and linkages to specialist services.” All training sessions are free of charge, with frontline workers including members of the Australian Red Cross, Lutheran Care and Centacare, as well as hospitals, student counsellors from primary and secondary schools, mental health youth counsellors and carers.
The feedback from participants suggest the workshops have been “informative and useful,” with many expressing that they were able to “gain a greater understanding of diverse cultures and how to better address the needs of new and establishing communities.”