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New manual for Indian community to assist with family violence

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Melbourne: Chair of Jagriti and Member of Parliament for Footscray, Marsha Thomson, announced the launch of a new manual for Indian community leaders entitled Happy FAMILIES, Happy COMMUNITIES. Thomson said the manual was created in response to a lack of understanding of the existing support available to victims of family violence particularly amongst the Indian community.
“Happy FAMILIES, Happy COMMUNITIES is specifically designed for the Indian community to assist those offering assistance to victims of family violence,” Thomson said.
Western Family Violence Regional Integration Coordinator (WIFVC), Maureen Smith, said the manual is specifically targeted at the Indian community and is being trialed in Melbourne’s western suburbs.
“Feedback from the trial will be fed into the final template of the manual which we hope will be made available across Victoria,” Ms Smith said.
Happy FAMILIES, Happy COMMUNITIES was launched on 30 August by Ms Thomson MP and the Consul General of India the Hon. Manika Jain.
Jain said the guide will fill a knowledge gap for the Indian community and hopefully increase domestic violence victims’ access to services. The manual arose from a partnership between Jagriti and the Western Integrated Family Violence Committee (WIFVC). Funding for the manual came from grants received from the R E Ross Trust and Maribyrnong, Wyndham, Melton, and Brimbank Councils.
Secretary of Jagriti, Jasvinder Sidhu, said the Jagriti Forum was established by members of Melbourne’s Indian community who were concerned about the levels of family violence.
Members are drawn from academics, police, lawyers, women’s groups, councilors, family violence professionals, and Indian community leaders to assist the Indian Community in tackling issues of family violence. (TIW)

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