Supporting Migrant and Refuge Women in Rural and Regional Victoria

Women from migrant and refugee backgrounds who have experienced family violence and are living in regional and rural areas face additional challenges when they seek assistance. inTouch’s research indicates that the lack of culturally appropriate and responsive services, social and geographical isolation, visa status, language and systemic barriers can worsen the structural barriers that many rural and regional women from migrant and refugee communities face when they seek assistance.

inTouch is implementing a project to strengthen co-case management with family violence and multicultural services in Bendigo to create meaningful support for women from migrant and refugee backgrounds who have experienced family violence.

inTouch has established a new formalised co-case management program with Centre for Non-Violence (CNV) in Bendigo to provide a more holistic service and better outcomes for clients, their families and communities. inTouch’s culturally responsive expertise coupled with CNV’s local case management services will provide wrap-around support to clients and build the capacity of the family violence workforce.

The project will improve collaboration between service providers and enable innovative ways to provide both culturally responsive and appropriate, yet localised family violence services. It will incorporate the use of digital storytelling to measure and demonstrate impact.

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