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RFVP Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse

The Disability Inclusion and Safety Resource Hub has been developed for organisations and practitioners who are working with people with disability who are experiencing or using family violence. 

The Resource Hub provides ready access to important resources that promote safety, accessibility, equity and inclusion of people with disability which can aid in reducing barriers and increasing safety.  Resources are relevant to Organisational Leaders, Specialist Family Violence and Sexual Assault Practitioners, Disability Services, Health, Family Support, Education and others.


People with disability from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities experience additional barriers to accessing services. These resources provide information about barriers and best practice when supporting a person with disability from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities. This
section also includes resources for parents of children with disability in community languages, and Family Violence safety plans in community languages.


Language and Culture matters – addressing the needs of people from a non-english speaking backrgound who have a disability – Amparo Advocacy Inc

About this resource: It is important that services respond well to the needs of people from non-English speaking backgrounds who have a disability. This position papers examines the significant additional
barriers and discrimination faced by people from a non-English speaking background who have a disability, and their families. Although written for the Queensland context, there are still relevant recommendations to assist government, service providers and other community organisations with strategies to better support and reduce barriers of access for people with disability from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Applying this resource: For community service organisations and practitioners. 

MiAccess

About this resource: Multilingual Information Access (MiAccess) is a website developed by Cultural Perspectives that brings together available translated information relevant to people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, their carers and communities. This includes
information about the NDIS.

Applying this resource: A resource to support people from CALD backgrounds with translated resources in community languages. 

Raising Children Network – Information about disability in community languages

About this resource: The Raising Children Network has resources and information for parents about disability available in community languages.

Applying this resource: A resource to support people from CALD backgrounds with translated resources in community languages.  

My Safety Plan – in community languages

About this resource: FVREE have developed a Safety Plan booklet to support people experiencing family violence to develop a safety plan.  The My Safety Plan booklet has been developed in the following languages: 

  • English 
  • Arabic 
  • Farsi 
  • Greek 
  • Hindi 
  • Italian 
  • Chinese (simplified) 
  • Vietnamese 

Applying this resource: A resource for people experiencing violence and practitioners . 

Towards best-practice access to services for culturally and linguistically diverse people with a disability

About this resource: The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (Royal Commission) wanted to identify safeguards and good practice in terms of providing access to appropriate accessible services for people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. The Royal Commission funded UNSW Sydney and the National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) to identify characteristics of good practice, using a desk top study of evidence and practice, and through consultations with key stakeholders. The project focused on four sectors:  

  • Justice  
  • Disability services  
  • Education  
  • Settlement services  

Recommendations for good practice are made at a system, organisational, professional and individual level. 

Applying this resource: A resource for organisations and practitioners working with culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability

Influence of Cultural Norms on Formal Service Engagement Among Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: A Qualitative Meta-synthesis – Deakin University

About this resource: For victim-survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV), receiving help from formal services such as specialist family violence, health, or criminal justice services can be critical for their safety and well-being. Previous research has found cross-cultural differences in the rates of help-seeking behavior, with women from non-Anglo-Saxon communities less likely to seek formal help than Anglo-Saxon populations.  

Based on a thematic synthesis approach, five key themes that captured specific cultural norms that influence formal service engagement were identified: (1) gender roles and social expectations,  

(2) community recognition and acceptance of abuse,  

(3) honor-based society,  

(4) the role of religion, and  

(5) cultural beliefs and attitudes toward formal services.  

These findings have important implications for responses to family violence, particularly concerning family violence education for non-Anglo-Saxon ethnically diverse communities and best-practice strategies to improve the cultural relevancy of formal service providers. 

Applying this resource: A resource for organisations working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities and people experiencing violence.   

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