Communify Qld received $3,000 to produce and promote community education YouTube videos in six languages, including Russian, Mandarin, Amharic, Tigrinya, Farsi and Bengali, all with English subtitles. Six bilingual presenters were recruited to be filmed as they presented information about what is considered to be domestic violence and what services exist in line with the Queensland Government’s Not Now Not Ever campaign and messages. 

Communify Qld hopes the project will bring greater awareness about support and services available to CALD families who are experiencing domestic violence, so that the stigma surrounding domestic violence in many communities can be overcome and people who are suffering in silence can be encouraged to speak up and seek support and services.

This video presents information about domestic and family violence in Amharic.

Transcript

English transcript

This video has been created for women and men from culturally diverse backgrounds to increase understanding about domestic violence and support services in Queensland.

The video was produced by Communify Qld Multicultural Program and is proudly sponsored by the Qld Government.

1800 656 463 for men and women 24/7

13 14 50 interpreter 24/7

When my friend told me what is considered domestic violence in QLD, I was stunned, things are so different in Australia. I learnt that domestic violence is not just physical violence. It includes threats, insults, sexual assault, and interfering with someone’s personal freedom by keeping them away from their family, friends, or their entitled money.

This abuse is not a private matter to be dealt with by the family. It is a crime and families have the right to be protected against it, even if only one person is subject to the abuse, it still affects others in the family, and that children growing up in abusive families may develop problems themselves.

There are services which can help, by offering counselling, legal advice or emergency accommodation. You can go to a GP, Community Centre of Women’s Health Centre and they can put you in touch with them. 

I learnt that I can call the Domestic Violence Hotline on 1800 811 811. I can also call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50, to help me with the domestic violence hotline, if I am not confident speaking English.

It made me think seeking help can be a difficult step to take, but it’s the first step towards a more peaceful family life. My friend believes we can’t say domestic violence is no one else’s business, it’s a problem affecting the whole society.

I agree with her that when a neighbor or member of our community talks to us about domestic violence, we can help by believing her and offering support. The community can help by speaking out against domestic violence and saying it is unacceptable.

Web links for services in South East Qld that respond to domestic violence:

Brisbane Domestic Violence service: www.bdvs.org.au

Immigrant Women’s Support Service: www.iwss.org.au

Ipswich Domestic Violence Action Centre: www.iwcadv.org.au

Kingston East Neighbourhood Group: www.keng.org.au

Relationships Australia Qld: www.raq.org.au

Sandgate Community Centre: www.sandbag.org.au

South West Brisbane Community Legal Centre Inala: www.communitylegal.org.au

Working Against Violence Support Service Logan (WAVSS): www.wavss.org

Communify Qld Multicultural Program produced this video and recognizes the financial contribution of the Queensland Government.

Acknowledgements

Communify Qld would like to thank:

Seblework Tadesse, Kidest Taye, Gizze Taye, Ntsent Gira, Angela Sarukhunyants - Russian Community Brisbane

Olga Kozyrevitch - Language expert (Russian)

Mandy Cox - Communify Multicultural Programs

Ben Carr - Video Editor

Jaina Kalifa - Camera Operator

The Edge, State Library fo Queensland

for their participation in this project.

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