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South Asian Men's Behaviour Change Program recognised for preventing family and domestic violence in the Victorian community

Media release

23 November 2016

Kildonan UnitingCare’s South Asian Men's Behaviour Change Program today received a silver award in the community-led category of the 2016 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).

The ACVPAs recognise good practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.

Family violence is recognised as a leading cause of death and disability to women and children in Victoria, and is a serious criminal issue with long lasting, intergenerational impacts.

“Due to an increasing number of referrals from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) men, and with significant rates of family violence occurring within South Asian communities in Melbourne, the provision of a culturally specific Men's Behaviour Change Program for the South Asian community was of critical need,” said Kildonan UnitingCare’s CEO, Ms Stella Avramopoulos.

“Established in September 2013, the South Asian Men’s Behaviour Change Program is an educational program on domestic and family violence, which includes additional culture specific components including the impact of migration on family relationships and Australian family violence legislation,” Ms Avramopoulos said.

“Our South Asian Men's Behaviour Change Program opens up opportunities for men who use violence against their families to address their behaviour, and being culturally specific, it targets men who may be reluctant to take part in a mainstream program. Importantly, women and children affected by the violence are also supported through the program.

“We are honoured, and thrilled, to receive such a high profile award which recognises the significant inroads Kildonan UnitingCare is making in this area and brings that to a much greater audience," Ms Avramopoulos said.

This year, the ACVPA celebrates its 25th year of rewarding outstanding community-based crime and violence prevention projects

“This project has been recognised by the ACVPA for its efforts in reducing family and domestic violence through the provision of appropriate, relevant information and educational,” said acting Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director, Chris Dawson APM.

The projects are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each state and territory police service and is chaired by the AIC Director.

The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC and co-sponsored by the Law, Crime and Community Safety Council.

For more information about the award winners, visit www.aic.gov.au/acvpa

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