Family violence services

IndianCare supports victims of family, gender or identity based violence.

We are committed to addressing family violence in Victoria’s South Asian community.

Our services are culturally sensitive and designed to support individuals facing  social, cultural or linguistic barriers to access.

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If you’re concerned about the general health of your relationship, you can use this checklist.
  • Swearing and humiliation, in private or in public
  • Attacks on intelligence, sexuality, body image or capacity as a parent/spouse
  • Ridiculing religious beliefs or ethnic background
  • Screaming, shouting and name-calling
  • Direct assault on the body (choking, strangulation, shaking, eye injuries, biting, slapping, pushing, spitting, burning, punching, kicking, pulling hair)
  • Use of weapons or objects
  • Hurting the children
  • Locking the victim in or out of the house/rooms
  • Forcing the victim to take drugs
  • Disallowing medication or medical care
  • Disallowing food or sleep
  • Creating fear, (i.e; driving dangerously, possessing weapons, angry looks)
  • Destroying  property or valued possessions
  • Hurting or killing pets in front of family members
  • Making threats regarding custody of any children
  • Saying that the police/courts will not help, support or believe the victim
  • Threatening to ‘out’ the victim
  • Blaming the victim for relationship problems
  • Comparing the victim with others to undermine their self-esteem/self-worth
  • Sporadic sulking
  • Withdrawing all interest and engagement (i.e.; silent treatment)
  • Emotional blackmail and suicidal threats
  • Isolation from family and friends such as ongoing rudeness to family and friends to alienate them, or limiting contact with family and friends
  • Instigating and controlling the move to a location where the victim has no established social circle or work opportunities
  • Restricting use of the car or telephone
  • Forbidding or physically preventing the victim from going out and meeting people
  • Forbidding access to bank accounts
  • Providing only a small ‘allowance’
  • Not allowing the victim to work or have a job
  • Forcing the victim to sign documents or make false declarations
  • Using all wages earned by the victim for household expenses
  • Controlling the victim’s pension
    Denying that the victim is entitled to joint property
  • Any form of pressured or unwanted sex or sexual degradation causing pain during sex
  • Assaulting genitals (hurting your private parts)
  • Forced sex without protection against pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease
  • Making the victim perform sexual acts unwillingly (including taking or distributing explicit photos without consent)
  • Criticising or using sexually degrading insults
  • Following and watching
  • Telephone and online harassment
  • Tracking with Global
  • Positioning Systems (GPS)
    Being intimidating
  • Coming into home/space without permission
  • Using spiritual or religious beliefs to scare, hurt or control
  • Stopping you or shaming the victim for practising spiritual or religious beliefs
  • Forcing you or your children to take part in spiritual or religious practices
  • Forcing you to raise your children according to spiritual or religious beliefs you don’t agree with
  • Using religious or spiritual leaders or teachings to force you to stay in a relationship or marriage, as an excuse for their violent and abusive behaviour, stop you or your children from getting medical or health care, force you into a marriage you don’t want
  • Forcing or pressuring you to have unprotected sex, become pregnant or have an abortion
  • Passing on a sexually transmitted infection they know they have
  • Preventing use of birth control, by throwing away, hiding or preventing purchase
  • Preventing or limiting your access to sexual health services and information
  • Forcing you to have operations to remove parts of your genitals
  • Also known as “revenge porn”, sharing nude or sexual images without your permission
  • Sharing or threatening to share intimate, nude or sexual photos or videos to friends, family, strangers in person, via and form of media or communication
  • Accessing personal computer files to steal images
  • Photoshopping a person’s image onto a sexually explicit photo or video
  • Taking images of a woman’s cleavage or under her skirt
  • Secretly filming sexual activity or sexual assault

If you’re concerned about the general health of your relationship, you can use this checklist.

If you or someone you know is in need of support call 1300 00 50 40 or make an online enquiry here.

Check the health of your relationship

A healthy relationship is the cornerstone of a safe, happy and healthy home environment: one in which every family member can live and express themselves without fear or apprehension.
Use this checklist, adapted from Love is Respect to assess the help of your own relationship.
  • Is your partner supportive of your work and your dreams?
  • Does your partner encourage your efforts and to achieve your goals?
  • Does your partner make time to listen to you?
  • Is your partner understanding of the demands on your time?
  • Do your friends like your partner?
  • Does your partner like your friends?
  • Does your partner often complain about how little time you have for them or the family?
  • Does your partner get angry or annoyed when you don’t respond to calls or messages?
  • Does your partner insist you dress or wear make-up the way they like it?
  • Does your partner get possessive or jealous?
  • Does your partner think you are cheating if you have a laugh with someone else?
  • Do you sometimes feel that your partner needs to know everything you are doing all the time?
  • Do you feel controlled by your partner?
  • Do you need an excuse to see your friends or family?
  • Does your partner make jokes about you, your looks, your work or family and then say it isn’t serious?
  • Does your partner threaten to hurt your or themselves?
    Do you feel you have to put on a happy front to avoid your partner getting angry?

If you’ve answered YES to most of these questions, you may need to speak to someone about building a safer, more respectful relationship.

Call us for a confidential chat.

Our Projects

Project Ujala

Project Ujuala is a Multicultural Family Violence program, created to deliver family violence support through the Covid-19 pandemic. Project Ujala is supported by Family Safety Victoria; Department of Premier and Cabinet (Office for Women and Multicultural Affairs).

Early Intervention

Implementing early intervention strategies to tackle family violence in its initial stages

Raising Awareness

Carrying out campaigns to inform and educate on measures against family violence

Collaborative Approach

Working with community organisations and mainstream Family Violence Specialist Service (FVSS) providers to co-design and implement all project activities

Specialist Team

This program operates at industry standard, and is lead by professionally qualified staff trained in MARAM, to identify and respond to family violence

Our Helpline

Providing support to victims of family violence in a culturally appropriate manner, this highly confidential helpline offers counsel, and referral to key providers in FVSS.

Our Partnerships

Building strong relationships with our FVSS partners, with safe referral protocol, and providing cultural counsel to mainstream providers working with South Asian clients.

Promoting Empowerment

Interactive programs and community workshops to empower women, and promote safe and respectful relationships.

Partnerships with Law Enforcement

Working with Victoria Police to raise community awareness with regards to family violence laws and related correctional options

Digital Media

Building awareness around family violence in South Asian communities with culturally and linguistically specific social media campaigns.

Capacity Building

Cultivating specialist skills within Indian organisations with regards to family violence prevention through community leadership training.

Family Violence Prevention Program

Our pilot project in recognition of the significance of Family Violence challenges within South Asian Communities, ran from 2018 till 2020. This project was funded by the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Multicultural and Social Cohesion Division and evaluated by The University of Melbourne.

Aim: This project aimed to address prevalent attitudes contributing towards family violence and gender inequality in the South Asian community in Victoria. Delivery of this project was aligned with the Victorian government’s Free from Violence strategy and Our Watch’s Change the story frameworks.

Reach: Project co-design, community consultations, community events and workshops, involved over 950 participants, with equal numbers of male and female candidates. Activities were conducted in English, Punjabi, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali. Additional initiatives, such as radio and social media messaging had a combined reach of about 120,000 community members.

Stakeholder collaboration: IndianCare built strong, trust-based, respectful relationships with community and mainstream groups through the delivery of this program. Project activities have been implemented collaboratively, in partnership with 45 diverse South Asian cultural, linguistic and faith groups.

Changing attitudes: The primary success of this project has been a marked shift in attitudes on Family Violence and General Equality in the Indian Community. Most participants were able to describe Gender Inequality, Family Violence and identify social drivers for the same, by the end of this project. Many expressed interest in becoming healthy relationships ambassadors, challenging attitudes and behaviours that condone sexism, stereotyping, gender inequality violence against women.

Developing an evidence base: This program has allowed us to fill gaps in research and data on the problem of Family Violence in the Victorian Indian community. Participation in action-based research projects with key education institutions and community organisations has allowed for the development of a robust evidence base.

Connecting Diversity Alcohol Harm Reduction Program

  • Finalists in the 2019 ADF prevention practice awards
  • Finalists in the 2019 VicHealth awards
Funded by the ADF this research-based project was carried out from 2017 to 2019. This project aimed to understand the behavioural drivers and alcohol consumption habits of Indian origin people in Victoria. Qualitative data was gathered through a series of focus groups and interviews. The actions proposed based on this data included:
  • Rollout of community engagement workshops,
  • Large scale events to raise awareness – which encompassed 1300 people
  • Production of a resource guide on Multicultural Community Engagement for preventing alcohol abuse
  • Co-design and production of informative videos in 5 Indian languages (Language links included below this)