In recognition of the significance of the problem, this Family Violence Prevention project was the first of IndianCare’s direct services and ran from 2018 to 2020. It aimed to address the prevalent attitudes contributing towards family violence and gender inequality in the Indian community in Victoria, aligned to the Victorian government’s Free from Violence strategy and Our Watch’s Change the story frameworks. The project was funded by the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Multicultural and Social Cohesion Division and evaluated by The University of Melbourne, with positive outcomes.
Key successes include:
- Reach: Project co-design, community consultations, community events and workshops, involved over 950 participants, with equal numbers of male and female members. Activities were conducted in English, Punjabi, Hindi, Tamil, Bengali. Besides, whole-of-population initiatives, such as radio and social media messaging had a reach of approx. 120,000 community members.
- Stakeholder development and collaborations: IndianCare has built strong, trusting, respectful relationships with community and mainstream groups and the project activities have been implemented collaboratively with successful partnerships, representing 45 diverse Indian cultural, linguistic and faith groups.
- Gradual change of attitudes in Indian Community on Family Violence and Gender Inequality have been the primary success of the project. Major proportion of participants could describe what constitutes Gender Inequality, Family Violence and its gendered drivers. Many expressed interest in becoming healthy relationships ambassadors, challenging attitudes and behaviours that condone sexism, stereotyping, gender inequality violence against women.
- Developing the evidence-base and filling the gaps in research and data on the problem of Family Violence in the Indian community through participation in action research projects with universities and organisations.