Concurrent Session - Day 2 - Indian Ocean Suite

Responses for children and young people experiencing FDV from CaLD, Disability, LGBTQIA+ minority groups

Elizabeth Lang

Elizabeth Lang is the Founder and CEO of Diversity Focus, a Perth based cultural diversity research and training consultancy. Her areas of expertise include intersectional diversity and inclusion, domestic and family violence and human rights. She is a passionate speaker and has presented on a number of national and international platforms, including the UNHCR in Geneva Switzerland.
She has a passion for gender equity, specifically in prevention and early intervention for domestic and family violence. In line with this, she is completing her PhD research at Curtin University in the area of domestic and family violence.
Elizabeth has also worked as Sessional Academic at Curtin University since 2015 and continues to teach as a guest lecturer on a range of multidisciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate units. She has published in the area of domestic and family violence and international advocacy and is the author of the book ‘Wired for Bias’ which explores the formation and impact of bias at interpersonal and societal levels. Elizabeth is originally from South Sudan and has lived in Australia since arriving in 1998.

Culturally Responsive Domestic and Family Violence

Domestic and family violence is a universal human rights issue that transcends race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexuality, gender and ability among many more intersections of identity. While it’s reality is universal, its forms and the way it is understood and experienced across a diversity of cultural contexts can differ. At the core of this is an understanding of the concept of family, of power and the dynamics of power and authority that are culturally defined and influenced.

For practitioners, it is crucial that domestic and family violence is understood in its cultural contexts in order to effectively address it. Practice responses to domestic and family violence must be informed by an intersectional prism that is culturally responsive to the needs of each client. Practitioners working in a range of roles must be guided willing to explore alternative paradigms and develop an understanding that encompasses the broader challenges experienced by children, young people, adults and families from collectivist cultural backgrounds. An appreciation of conceptual frameworks that underpin and are relevant to the needs of collectivist cultures is central to working within a new paradigm.

Olivia Colja

Olivia Colja (she/her) is a first-generation Australian with a mixed cultural heritage of Middle-Eastern and European descent and is the Youth Worker for Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Services and has over 15 years of experience working with youth from complex backgrounds in the not-for-profit, private and local government sectors. Olivia has developed, implemented and promoted programs for but not limited to; at-risk young people experiencing homelessness, drug & alcohol issues, mental health and well-being, education, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, First Nations people, domestic violence and young women and children living in refuge accommodation, domestic and international students in the university sector, neurodiversity and autism. Olivia has a Diploma of Business (Human Resources), Bachelor of Social Science and a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts.

Olivia’s portfolio at Ishar focuses on supporting young women from culturally diverse and marginalised communities with lived experiences of family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault. She provides one-on-one support to young women under 25 with relationships, mental health and education and works closely with the specialist team at Ishar to provide holistic, client-centred support. Olivia works with the health promotions team at Ishar to deliver workshops in schools discussing; consent, sexual health and healthy relationships.

Outside of her formal role at Ishar, Olivia is the Founder and Director of the WOMXN project, supporting women and non-binary people to create artwork from an autobiographical narrative with a universal reach.
Olivia is strongly focused on cultivating supportive and safe environments for women to express themselves through a variety of platforms and has supported artists to create work discussing topics such as sexual assault, miscarriage and sexual health.

Olivia has been the recipient of the 2018 UWA Cultural Precinct Halo Awards, the 2020 ECU Arts and Humanities Executive Dean’s Travel Scholarship and the 2019 New Colombo Plan, Visual Arts, Design and Writing study tour to China scholarship. These were in recognition of her multidisciplinary approach to working across the community and the arts sector.

Empowering CaLD Young Women To Find Their Voices

Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Services provides inclusive, holistic and culturally sensitive services for women and their families promoting healthy communities. Ishar is staffed by women, for women, and provides safe, culturally appropriate and capacity-building resources to meet the needs of women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds. 

In response to community needs, Ishar launched the Youth Services program to provide holistic support and advocacy across the Metropolitan area for young CaLD women experiencing family and domestic violence and sexual assault. The service has provided 1460 service deliveries in-person advocacy and welfare checks. Providing an overview of the current Youth Service’s this workshop will cover:

  • Young women’s experiences of family and domestic violence and sexual assault, a snapshot “2021”; case studies;
  • From secondary client to primary client, empowering young women and their community; 
  • Age-appropriate rapport, resilience building and mentoring;
  • Addressing real fears and building verbal/visual safety plans;
  • Appropriate and safe referrals.
Bella Broadway

Bella Broadway (she/her/hers)
Managing Director – Connection And Wellbeing Australia (CAWA)

Bella is an educator in the areas of: Suicide Prevention, Diversity and Inclusivity, Family and Domestic Violence, Communication & Behaviour and Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Bella was awarded Business Woman of The Year – Belmont and Western Australian Small Business Awards and recognised in the 2019 OUTstanding 30 LGBTIQ+ Public Sector Executives List.

Connection and Wellbeing Australia is a proud finalist in the 2020 WA Mental Health Awards- Diversity Category.

Behind the Rainbow Gate ​

Seeking to build your capacity to see beyond the Rainbow Gate?

In an effort to build the capacity of services to understand, respond to and meet the needs of LGBTIQA+ people, we invite you to join us in this interactive and practical workshop.

Develop your understanding about LGBTIQA+ experiences of Family and Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence (FDV/IPV) and discover tools to create cultural, organisational and personal changes to your practices that can reduce barriers to access and improve outcomes for LGBTIQA+ people seeking support for FDV/IPV

Workshop will cover:
-How FDV IPV specifically presents in LGBTIQA+ communities
-Specific contributors to LGBTIQ+ FDV/IPV
-How to work inclusively with LGBTIQ+ people experiencing FDV and IPV
-Referring pathways and working with LGBTIQA+ groups and services

You can ask that! The workshop will also be a safe space to ask open questions and share experiences of the systemic limitations that contribute to outcomes for LGBTIQA+ people.