Serving with a Purpose: Domestic & Family Violence, CALD Communities & COVID-19

Serving with a Purpose: Domestic & Family Violence, CALD Communities & COVID-19

This report by Muslim Women Australia (MWA) came about purely as a response to the need to streamline the support MWA caseworkers were providing to ensure quality service provision, in a changed service delivery landscape and the need to capture these experiences. A therapeutic and healing model was central to this process, in response to the increased levels of anxiety experienced by communities and the increased support women experiencing domestic and family violence required.

This preliminary report demonstrates and discusses the impacts of COVID-19 on CALD communities in NSW. Further, this report establishes the importance of assessing CALD women’s experiences of DFV during COVID-19 within an intersectional framework. This lens is provided not just to understand the needs, but to understand the impact of the findings as intersecting and compounding challenges as opposed to isolated factors.

The report:

  • Establishes the importance of assessing CALD women’s experiences of DFV during COVID19 within an intersectional framework. An intersectional framework considers CALD women’s experiences of DFV and COVID19 as intersecting and compounding challenges as opposed to occurring in isolation;
  • Details the methodology applied in the data collection project;
  • Presents the findings of the project both in relation to CALD communities in general and with respect to the impacts on women and their children  experiencing DFV specifically; and
  • Provides recommendations for enhancing engagement with and service provision to CALD communities in Australia.

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