CALD men stand shoulder to shoulder to tackle family violence

InTouch, the Multicultural Centre against Family Violence, is hosting a forum of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) men standing together to end violence against women.

InTouch is a state-wide organisation which provides services, programs and responses to issues of family violence in CALD communities.
Held at the Visy Cares Hub in Sunshine on Wednesday 31 August, from 9.30am-12.30pm the event will include an all-male panel of speakers. Lunch will also be provided.

Panelists at the event include Con Karapanagiotidis, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Jasvinder Sidhu, Jagriti Forum, Tarang Chawla, Justice for Nikita, Cuong La, Health West, Nuredin Hassan, ISIS Primary Care and Mark Zervaas, Victoria Police.

Family violence is the cause of one female death per week in Australia.

Ms Roshan Bhandry, the program manager at InTouch, was a recipient of a Victorian Multicultural Award for Excellence in 2015 for her significant work in breaking the silence around the taboo issue of family violence in diverse communities.

'Community attitudes influence a victim’s willingness to disclose and seek measures towards their safety. It also informs perpetrator’s actions so it is very important to challenge existing attitudes and behaviours.'

'Engaging communities in this process will lead to better ownership and accountability,' she said.

RSVP by Thursday 25 August 2016.  Contact Rosie Briely at events@intouch.asn.au or call (03) 9413 6500.