Domestic and Family Violence in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities

Domestic and family violence can be experienced by any Western Australian, however many Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) community members, including; recent arrivals, international students, immigrants and refugee women, can face additional challenges in addressing violence. Additionally, women from CaLD backgrounds are less likely than other groups of women to report domestic violence.

To raise attention of the incidence of domestic and family violence in CaLD communities and to increase awareness of existing local initiatives, Injury Matters delivered a webinar on 12 May 2020, with guest presenter Elizabeth Lang, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Diversity Focus.

Elizabeth spoke about a range of elements regarding family and domestic violence and pointed out that domestic and family violence is not a byproduct of any particular culture, but rather that gender inequality is a global phenomenon. Blaming violence on culture stigmatises communities and takes the accountability away from people who use violence.

Gender inequality is the biggest predicting factor for domestic and family violence, as it results in an imbalance of power.

In regards to working to prevent any case of family and domestic violence, Elizabeth stressed the importance of an intersectional approach. This model allows for an appreciation of the complexities inherent in each context and the need for holistic responses that take into account the diversity of layers.

To learn more, view the recording of Injury Matters Domestic and Family Violence in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities Webinar here or to access Know Injury’s Injury Prevention in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities resource.


If you are not in immediate danger but require support regarding family and domestic violence, there are a number of 24-hour support services available such as the Crisis Care Helpline (9223 1111), Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline (9223 1188), Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline (9223 1199) or 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).