Engaging Men from Multicultural and Faith-based Communities in Primary Prevention

Engaging Men from Multicultural and Faith-based Communities in Primary Prevention
This guide has been produced as part of the Supporting Multicultural Communities to Prevent Family Violence Program. This resource has been developed as part of the Connecting Communities program, a partnership between the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) and Safe and Equal to support the learning and professional development needs of the Connecting Communities network. This network is a group of organisations working with multicultural and faith-based communities to prevent violence against women in Victoria since 2022, and is funded through the Victorian Government, Supporting Multicultural Communities to Prevent Family Violence Program.


This resource aims to strengthen practice around engaging men in primary prevention of family violence by sharing key lessons from practitioners in the Connecting Communities program. It seeks to involve men from multicultural and faith-based communities in prevention of family violence.

For gender equality and violence prevention activities to be effective, they need to engage everyone, including men and boys from multicultural and faith-based communities. By addressing barriers to engagement, highlighting the benefits of prevention activities, and consulting with communities to build trust and capacity, prevention practitioners can support men from multicultural and faith-based communities to meaningfully participate in primary prevention.

This resource draws on the existing evidence base, as well as practice examples from members of the Connecting Communities network, to outline their learnings, tools, insights and strategies for working with multicultural and faith-based men.

This resource has been developed as part of the Connecting Communities program, a partnership program between the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) and Safe and Equal to support the learning and professional development needs of a network of organisations working with multicultural and faith-based communities to prevent violence against women in Victoria since 2022, through the Victorian Government’s Supporting Multicultural Communities to Prevent Family Violence Grant Program.

The network noted that it is often useful to frame family violence as something that affects all communities and is a human rights issue. This helps to reinforce that violence is not unique to a specific culture or set of beliefs when speaking about prevalence or the need for prevention work. It demonstrates that family violence can be addressed in all communities and societies, and that everyone plays a role in prevention. This grounds our understanding of gender and racial inequality as the main driver of violence and reinforces that no culture is more or less violent than another.

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Engaging Men from Multicultural and Faith-Based Communities in Primary Prevention

 


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