Men Against Violence (MAV)

Group of people in Men Against Violence meeting

The Men Against Violence (MAV) project aims to engage Wellbeing Connectors (WB) to empower men from CALD backgrounds (Arabic & Punjabi) to become the pipeline for change and challenge current perception towards domestic violence in their community. 

Men from Arabic & Punjabi speaking communities will be trained as wellbeing connectors to facilitate meaningful conversations with other men in their own communities.

These connectors will facilitate conversations in both small groups and individuals. These conversations will be held, during men’s activities and at regular meeting places where men frequent. This includes gathering in tea/coffee houses, sports events, social activities and at places of prayer. 

Wellbeing Connectors from Sudanese and Tamil backgrounds
Induction day of the Wellbeing Connectors with the NSW Police Force in Bankstown

Support will also be extended to NSW Police and courts through the provision of WB’s bilingual DV support officers for cultural expertise and assistance during charging or police interaction in court or at police station.

The key to treating change is to build the capacity and resilience from within the community. This project will be targeting men in Auburn, Bankstown, Blacktown and Parramatta.

MAV is funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS). This fund is part of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
For more information, please contact:
Fadi Nemme, Project Coordinator “Men Against Violence”

Domestic and family violence factsheet in languages

These fact sheets from the Australian Government, Department of Social Services in 46 languages provide information on what domestic and family violence can include as well as contact details for culturally sensitive services in Australia.

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NSW Government Support for domestic violence

Your safety is a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. NSW Government supports victims and their families, including Police and domestic violence frontline services.

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Legal resources for COVID-19

Legal Aid NSW has produced a range of resources and collated resources from other Government departments to assist individuals affected by legal issues during COVID-19.

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Emergency phone numbers for domestic violence

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