Family and Domestic Violence
SOMALI WOMEN DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION MISSION STATEMENT FOR FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
- We promote early intervention and prevention family and domestic violence to women, children, men, elders, and people with disabilities.
- We promote Family reconciliation and harmony to save lives and prevent trauma.
- We play a important role in reducing family and domestic violence abuse at all levels in our community.
- We value our knowledge, commitment, passion, respect and fairness and justice.
What is Family Violence?
Family and domestic violence is any violent, threatening, coercive or controlling behaviour that occurs in current or past family, domestic or intimate relationships. This includes not only physical injury but direct or indirect threats, sexual assault, emotional and psychological torment, economic control, damage to property, social isolation and any behaviour which causes a person to live in fear. Family violence directly affects one in five Victorian women over the course of their lifetime. It is the leading contributor to preventable death, disability and illness in Victorian women aged 15 to 44 years.
Somali Women Development Association Inc. cultural appropriate direct support services for African women and children (Refugee and Migrants Backgrounds)
Somali Women Development Association Inc. cultural appropriate direct support services is offer to African Australian women and children/young people from refugee and migrant background who may be affected by family violence. Service provision includes individual counselling, specialised support groups, and referral services. These services aim to promote early intervention strategies to prevent the occurrence or escalation of family violence, and prevent future occurrences of family violence by offering post crisis support. Further assistance is available for women seeking intervention orders through the provision of court support advocacy and referral. These services also provide support to children to improve their coping skills, self esteem, and foster the development of non-violent problem-solving strategies