did the NESB DVAG start?
The NESB DVAG began in order to address issues specific to people from
non-English speaking backgrounds, to their communities and to mainstream
services. It was recognised that there existed a need to promote awareness
of domestic violence issues in the NESB community, hence a number of
NESB workers joined together to make up the NESB DVAG. Their focus was
to promote the rights of NESB women experiencing domestic violence.
The group also recognized a need for a forum so that NESB workers could
get together to support each other and discuss specific issues. Thus,
they now hold monthly meetings where such issues can be raised and addressed.
What makes us different from other DVAGs?
The members of the NESBDVAG all come from a NES background and currently
work or have worked in services assisting men and women who have experienced
domestic violence. We are passionate and committed about this cause
and believe that these families are disadvantaged not only by the violence
but also by the language barrier, their respective cultural values,
migration experience, tradition and religious beliefs, their past dealings
with the law and their feelings and fears of being ostracized by their
own communities. The NESBDVAG also provides an opportunity for other
NESB workers to come and be supported and develop effective networks
and ongoing liaisons between groups and/or service providers assisting
non-English speaking Domestic Violence clients.
NESBDVAG is available for consultations with groups, services or individuals
looking for information on the effects of domestic violence on men,
women and children from non-English speaking backgrounds.