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inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence

National Advocacy Group Backbone Coordination

National Advocacy Group Backbone Coordination

The COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing restrictions to contain the virus have exacerbated the barriers faced by women on temporary visas experiencing family violen...

australia > ALL > both
01/01/2021 > 31/12/2021

FIELD OF INTEREST

  • Tackling Inequality - Public policy, research and advocacy

TARGET POPULATION

  • Asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and people from CALD backgrounds
  • Women and girls

PROJECT SUMMARY

The COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing restrictions to contain the virus have exacerbated the barriers faced by women on temporary visas experiencing family violence. The pandemic has increased the risk and vulnerability of victim-survivors to family violence, with our service recording an increase in the amount of referrals.

This project seeks to resource a backbone coordination role to support the collective efforts of a coalition of organisations that are committed to joint advocacy and action for change: the National Advocacy Group on Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence (NAG). The NAG have had considerable media coverage in the past few weeks, detailing their work and the need for structural change to better support victim-survivors who are temporary visa holders.

The NAG developed a Blueprint for Reform (Link): Removing Barriers to Safety for Victims-Survivors of D&FV who are on Temporary Visas in 2019. Broadly speaking, we are calling on all levels of government to implement the following steps:

(1) Improve the migration system so that all women on temporary visas who experience domestic, family and sexual violence and their dependents can access protections, services and justice.
(2) Ensure eligibility and access to services and government support are based on women’s needs for safety and recovery, regardless of their migration status.
(3) Ensure that women on temporary visas who have experienced domestic, family and sexual violence and their dependents have immediate and full access to safety, protection, justice and fully funded specialist support with demonstrated gender expertise and cultural competency.

PROJECT OUTCOMES

Addressing the barriers to support for women on temporary visas requires a coordinated approach. The Project Coordinator will have responsibility to implement the work of the National Advocacy Group and in particular, its advocacy strategy and work plan. The Project Coordinator will be tasked with:

● implementing activities and direct advocacy in line with the National Group’s strategic work plan
● supporting meetings and events for the National Advocacy Group
● exploring opportunities for collaboration and actions that will help to progress the objectives of the National Advocacy Group.

The position will be hosted by InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence (inTouch) in Melbourne. inTouch provides case management and support to women from migrant and refugee backgrounds who have experienced family violence. inTouch case managers speak over 20 languages and provide cultural and emotional support to clients using an “inLanguage, inCulture” culturally-responsive service delivery model. Furthermore, inTouch has a victim-survivor advisory group – Inspire for Change – comprised of former clients who help to lead and guide the organisation’s projects and programs.

When recruiting for this role, applications from women on temporary visas will be encouraged.
The total amount required is $58,464 (SCHADS Level 4.1). The National Advocacy Group has raised $17660 from its members and $18,511 to fill this position.

Having a dedicated position means achieving systemic change for women and their children experiencing violence and living in Australia on temporary visas.

Profile of inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence

inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence

inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence is a state-wide specialist family violence service with 35 years’ experience working with women from migrant and refugee backgrounds, their families and their communities. We provide culturally tailored services to migrant and refugee communities experiencing family violence across Victoria.

inTouch is a unique and critical piece in Victoria’s family violence response system. We work across the family violence continuum including early intervention, crisis support and recovery, building capacity in the sector and providing leadership nationally through our research and evidence-based advocacy work. In addition to our direct work with clients that is provided by our highly diverse case managers who speak more than 20 languages, our services and programs include:

• an in-house accredited community legal centre, the only one of its kind in a specialist family violence service, which provides legal advice, court advocacy and immigration support.
• outreach support to clients in courts across Melbourne.
• capacity building of specialist and non-specialist family violence providers, and community organisations to better deliver support to refugee and migrant women experiencing family violence. This includes a free public training calendar.
• an early intervention program, Motivation for Change, working directly with men from culturally and linguistically diverse communities who use violence towards their families. The program comprises of one-on-one case management and group sessions for men.
• inSpire, a newly created fund to support Victorian refugee and migrant women moving beyond family violence, helping them establish their economic independence and emotional wellbeing.

BUDGET BREAKDOWN

TOTAL BUDGET: $58,464
FUNDING
Funding sourceAmount
Domestic Violence NSW$5,000
inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence$5,000
Australian Women Against Violence Alliance$2,160
Project Respect$500
Women's House Shelta$500
Domestic Violence Victoria$2,000
Sera's Womens Shelter$500
Women's Legal Service NSW$2,000
Funding gap (unconfirmed)$40,804
EXPENSES
Expense itemAmount
Salary (0.4FTE, SCHADS Level 4.1, 12 months) including benefits$56,464
Computer, phone and IT support$2,000

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