Victoria Police has today launched videos in multiple languages to encourage people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities to seek help if they are experiencing family violence.
The videos are available in English and 12 other languages: Arabic, Burmese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dari, Farsi, Greek, Italian, Punjabi, Macedonian, Turkish and Vietnamese.
These videos will soon also be available in an additional 13 languages: Hindi, Pashto, Khmer, Korean, Japanese, Serbian, Sinhalese, Spanish, Tamil, Thai, Malay, Somali, Russian and Polish.
Victoria Police has launched a suite of videos in multiple languages to encourage people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities to seek help if they are experiencing family violence.
The videos are available in English and 12 other languages:
These videos will soon be available in an additional 14 languages:
- Russian and Polish.
Assistant Commissioner of Family Violence Command Dean McWhirter acknowledged the current challenging times for the community and highlighted the different ways victims could seek support.
"People may be particularly vulnerable during these times as the community stay at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but home might not always be the safest place to be,” AC McWhirter said.
“We are releasing these videos to remind everyone in our community that Victoria Police continues to help people if they feel unsafe.
“If you or a member of your family does not feel safe, there are people you can talk to and support services available to help you.
“Everyone in our community should have information about the services available to them, especially in these particularly stressful times.
“Family violence is an underreported crime, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds may face additional barriers in reporting this crime to police.
“Language barriers can mean people may not have access to information or feel too intimidated to get the help they might need.
“These videos help raise awareness that family violence is a crime, help victims understand who they can speak to for support, and let victims know that they are not alone.
“If you are concerned that a family member or friend is experiencing family violence, take the time to check in on them in any way that is safe for you, and safe for them.”