Impact of Family Violence : A South Asian Perspective
In 2010, Social Services Network (SSN) agreed to spearhead the planning of a province-wide conference to address the issue of violence in South Asian communities. It was also agreed that all recommendations that evolve from the conference will be followed up by SSN in conjunction with community partners via a five-year plan.
The conference is designed to inform, empower, and engage police makers, service providers/recipients and diverse South Asian communities on the issue of violence in the family. Building on the work that began in the late 90’s the conference Steering Committee developed the following objectives for the first annual conference to occur in May 2011:
-To identify barriers, challenges, gaps and opportunities towards meaningful and sustainable change as they pertain to family violence in South Asian communities;
-To increase awareness among stakeholders and decision makers in their understanding and efforts to address short term and long term issues of family violence within South Asian communities;
-For the results and outcomes of the conference to allow decision makers to implement changes based on recommendations provided by the experts and monitor the benefits of these changes.
The partnerships that have been formed as a result of this conference will continue over the next five years as the team works collaboratively in identifying and acting on community strategies, as well as convening four more annual conferences. The Family Violence Conference – South Asian Perspective (FVC) project has initiated a process that has brought together multiple sectors to collectively identify where South Asian families are vulnerable to violence in order to develop corresponding, community-specific interventions towards better response and effective prevention.