Family Life recently piloted a new Here4U Active Bystander training program. The project is part of the Empowering Communities Project – Building Safer Communities Grant that was provided by the City of Casey. This version of our established Here4U training was adapted to be presented to CALD community members.
A series of consultations with members of mixed gender from the Afghan community has been conducted in order to produce a culturally safe program for the Afghan community in the City of Casey. The program was re-designed to meet and respond to the needs of the Afghan community, while taking into consideration the community’s cultural and religious context.
As a result of completing the program, the participants reported increased understanding of family violence, as well as how to safely employ the active bystander intervention to address family violence in their community. The program participants acknowledged the cultural safety of the program content and activities, and the safe space provided for them to share their stories and experiences. They also reported that they intend on sharing the knowledge they acquired during the program with other members of their community.
After finishing the program, the participants highly recommended delivering more similar programs and workshops, and reaching out to more diverse segments of the Afghan community in order to raise the community awareness about family violence, strengthen the community’s ability to fight against it, and contribute to building a community free from violence.