Two Bendigo-based organisations have partnered to ensure key messages about family violence are reaching as many members of the community as possible during the pandemic.
Bendigo Community Health Services has translated information from the Centre for Non-Violence into Karen, in the form of information sheets and videos.
They are also working on such resources for members of the Afghan and South Sudanese communities.
Family violence affects all communities, and the COVID-19 pandemic has seen it escalate.
Services have seen more women seeking help, and women who have previously suffered coercive control have seen that grow into physical violence.
"We know many women are experiencing abuse for the first time during this pandemic - and for others, the type of abuse they have been experiencing has escalated," CNV chief executive officer Margaret Augerinos said.
"There are already many barriers to a woman seeking help when she is living at home with the person abusing her - and some may still be trying to understand the signs and what's going on for them."
The resources explain that family violence happens when a partner, spouse or family member hurts a person, scares them, or stops them doing things they need to do, and provide examples of violent and controlling behaviour.
They also encourage people to seek help, and provide contact details of organisations that can assist.
BCHS cultural diversity and relationships manager Kaye Graves said creating awareness was the best way to effect change around an issue such as this.
"These resources have good messaging around not only the different types of domestic and family violence but what people should do if they are experiencing this behaviour," Ms Graves said.
"This work sits perfectly with the information sheets and videos we have been producing since March to keep the Karen, Afghan and South Sudanese communities safe from coronavirus and updated as restrictions and rules change."
People from the Karen community who have questions can call the BCHS Karen-speaking hotline on 5406 1254, or call or text 0437 418 984.
If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, the Centre for Non-Violence is available on 1800 884 292. Safe Steps is a 24-hour statewide crisis line, available on 1800 015 188. The inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence, which works with people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, can be called on 1800 755 988.
If you or someone else is in danger, call triple zero.
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