Responding to multicultural communities
Supporting U builds the capacity of women leaders to support victim-survivors of domestic and family violence (DFV) in their own communities.
The program has the dual impact of both up-skilling women leaders from multicultural communities to recognise and respond to domestic violence disclosures, while also increasing the safety of DFV victim-survivors by building a network of support within their communities.
This free, voluntary program is run by SSI and funded by the NSW government.
Supporting U is for:
- Women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
- Women with a passion for addressing DFV.
- Women who would like to learn more about DFV and develop skills in identifying, responding to, and referring on victim-survivors.
Supporting U is run in:
- Sydney - Western and South-West Sydney, NSW
- Coffs Harbour, NSW
What does Supporting U involve?
Supporting U will be run until December 2021. The program involves:
- A three-day course on domestic violence, responding to victim-survivors and referral services.
- A Learning Circle group discussion held every three weeks. Learning Circle discussion groups allow the participants to self-reflect, share their experiences, participate in an established network of support, and build confidence.
At the conclusion of the program, there is the potential for long-term continuation of Learning Circles on a less regular basis, and the establishment of an ongoing telephone support network participants can use to gain advice from SSI.