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Whittlesea CALD Communities Family Violence Project

Whittlesea CALD Communities Family Violence Project

The Whittlesea Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities Family Violence Project (WCFVP) works to support CALD communities, newly arrived migrants, refugees and asylum seekers to break the cycle of family violence and to confront the challenges of preventing violence against women and children.

Whittlesea CALD Communities Family Violence Project

While family violence occurs in all communities, it is critical to provide specialist family violence services with a CALD focus in the City of Whittlesea given the high CALD population, the current and projected population growth rate as well as the geographic isolation of some areas due to the urban/rural interface.

The Whittlesea CALD Communities Family Violence Project  steering group is comprised of leading agencies in the field of family violence prevention and support: Whittlesea Community COnnections, The Salvation Army Crossroads Network,, Plenty Valley Community Health, Berry Street, Uniting Care Kildonan, Victoria Police, inTouch and City of Whittlesea.

Investment needed:

  • $150,000 in ongoing annual funding is needed to support this innovative and effective program.

This funding will support phase two of the WCCFV Project, which focuses on building the capacity of community and faith leaders to better respond to family violence through targeted and early intervention programs, grants, community education and men’s behaviour change programs.

Funding a project of this type is supported by the Royal Commission into Family Violence Recommendations for Faith Communities (Recommendation 165).

Suport and Safety Hub

The City of Whittlesea is the right location for a Support and Safety Hub. Our municipality has the highest rate of family violence in the north east Metropolitan region.

Local factors mean that local women and children are at a higher risk of family violence. A Support and Safety Hub in our municipality would be geographically well placed to help both high population and rural and regional communities in the north east catchment area.

Fact sheets

There are a range of services available to support families and children impacted by family violence and also information for families, friends and neighbours regarding family violence.