Melbourne: A new suite of resources has been developed for people from culturally diverse communities and people with disability to explain how police respond to family violence.
Developed by Victoria Police, the resources are designed to provide information to victims, offenders and people who witness family violence, an official press release said.
The resources are available in 13 languages and Easy English and can be downloaded from the Victoria Police website.
Languages include Arabic, Burmese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Dari, English, Farsi, Greek, Italian, Macedonian, Punjabi, Somali, Turkish and Vietnamese. There is also an information sheet for Aboriginal communities with culturally appropriate referral services.
Assistant Commissioner Dean McWhirter said the right information had the potential to empower people to make a report or change their behaviour.
“We know that family violence is all too prevalent in Victoria and it affects people from a diverse range of backgrounds,” AC McWhirter said.
“There are also misconceptions about the role of police in investigating family violence, and the steps that will be followed. Having easily accessible information is critical in ensuring that people know their rights, and more importantly where to seek help. Our message to all members of the community is we are here to support you and keep you safe.”
The resources will also be made available to frontline police and Family Violence Teams to use when responding to family violence incidents.