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Building partnerships with faith and community leaders

Responsible government

  • South Australia

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Respect, listen and respond to the diverse lived experience and knowledge of women and their children affected by violence
    • 12 Better equip the service system and communities to address complex forms of violence and harmful cultural practices including early and forced marriage, female genital mutilation/cutting, dowry abuse and human trafficking.

What are we doing?

Building partnerships with faith and community leaders, to prevent violence against women and their children and to establish community driven links with support services and improve the ability of leaders to recognise and respond to violence. Promote and explore primary prevention community-based and culturally appropriate initiatives.

What is next?

The South Australian Government has developed a network of faith and community leaders to discuss the relevance of primary prevention and women’s experience of domestic, family and sexual violence in the community. Engagement activities will occur to hear from community leaders and learn which initiatives and resources would best help to support individual communities.

An information package has been developed in conjunction with specialist women’s domestic and family violence services and the Multicultural Communities Council of SA about domestic, family and sexual violence (DFSV) including available resources when DFSV is identified. This information package is being translated in to multiple community languages and will be provided to faith and community leaders to use at their discretion.

The South Australian Government has worked with the Department of Home Affairs to facilitate consultation with interested South Australian faith and community leaders on the best way forward regarding possible training and information sharing.

What difference will we make?

The South Australian Government is working towards creating a coherent, family-focused, integrated support service system that addresses the complex needs of those experiencing or using violence and embeds a trauma-informed approach towards service delivery.

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