Launch of ECCNSW Men Against Violence (MAV) toolkit

by Esther Lozano - Tuesday, 20 August 2019

In 2018 the Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW (ECCNSW) was provided with funding by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to implement a project referred to as the MAV Project (Men Against Violence) as part of a broader national approach to tackle domestic violence.
This project is now contributing to the research in the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
The MAV project was funded to enable ECCNSW to engage Wellbeing Connectors (WB’s) from within the Arabic and Punjabi speaking communities to work in these communities and help create positive attitudes and behaviours towards women in their own cultures, and those of other cultures.
Two video resources are now available in Punjabi and Arabic to initiate conversations in the community and highlight the impact that a simple interaction can have to influence meaningful change.
Through informal gatherings and meeting places the Well Being Connectors conducted conversations to empower men from CALD backgrounds to become the pipeline for change. The goal was for them to challenge current perceptions towards domestic violence in their own communities.
Although this project concluded at the end of June 2019, the Department of Social Services acknowledged the strengths of the model and funded ECCNSW additional grant to replicate the model for the Sudanese and Tamil communities living in Western Sydney region (Auburn, Blacktown and Parramatta) for another 12 months.
ECCNSW is now in the process of recruiting 4 Wellbeing Connectors from Sudanese and Tamil backgrounds to engage in the implementation of the Project.
The MAV Project Coordinator, in collaboration with the Advisory committee, will continue to work two days a week (Tuesdays & Wednesdays) to coordinate the project and guide the Wellbeing Connectors as they work in their communities.
For more information about MAV project please call the project coordinator Fadi Nemme on 02 9319 0288 or