About – Sikh Australian Support for Family Violence (SASFV)
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Overview

Sikh Australian Support for Family Violence (SASFV) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness, providing support and striving for the prevention of family violence among the Sikh Australian community, and boarder culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community.

SASFV use their collaborative partnerships with professionals and service providers to ensure we are able to connect families to the support they need when facing family violence.  Our networks also provide a platform for SASFV to share the voices of the community to advocate for changes to the service system that will better support the community.

We use education, training and counselling programs to promote healthy family relationships among CALD communities as a tool for the prevention of family violence.

Who we are?

At SASFV we come together as a team of professionals who are passionate and committed to our vision. Our staff and volunteers serve our community with the empathy, impartiality and integrity required to understand the individual and diverse contexts of our clients. We collaborate with others in our community to empower our client’s to be able to access the equitable supports they need to succeed in achieving their goals.

What we do?

SASFV focuses on the following areas in line with our mission, to achieve our vision:

  • Actively raising awareness of the realities of family violence in Sikh and CALD communities
  • Supporting victims of family violence through response, empowerment and referral to access relevant and culturally safe service providers
  • Educating and empowering communities in the prevention of family violence through training Cross Cultural Volunteer Community Educators to deliver the Healthy Families, Healthy Relationships (HFHR) Program for their communities
  • Building networks and collaborating with local service providers to ensure that victims have access to a range of services to meet individual need
  • Provide culturally safe counselling for victims of family violence and other vulnerable members of the Sikh community

Our Vision

Our families are safe, happy, healthy, informed and empowered.

Our Mission

We will:

  • Raise Awareness of family violence and available support among the community
  • Empower and Educate our families and communities to prevent family violence
  • Elevate the voices of families to Advocate for a system better equipped to meet community need

Our Values

  • We are committed and passionate professionals
  • We value diversity, equity and collaboration
  • We conduct ourselves with empathy, impartiality and integrity

Actively raising awareness of the realities of family violence in Sikh and CALD communities

Because of the various backgrounds of CALD communities, there are often misconceptions of what family violence is and all that it encompasses, which can lead to confusion among victims and perpetrators once they come to live in Australia.  As a result communities are often not aware of:

  • What constitutes family violence
  • The consequences of family violence
  • How to seek help
  • What help is available, or
  • How to prevent it.

SASFV aims bridge this knowledge gap in Sikh and other CALD communities, by raising awareness of family violence among the community.

We do this by ensuring that we have relevant and up to date information and resources available, that are also accessible in community languages.  We then share these through online and social media platforms, as well as within our networks of service providers and community leaders. We also actively engage community in our HFHR program (below) to provide further education in family violence and prevention.

Supporting victims of family violence through response, empowerment and referral to relevant and culturally safe service providers

SASFV provide a confidential Telephone Support Line for victims or perpetrators to call when they are experiencing or have experienced family violence and are not sure of how or where to seek support. Victims and perpetrators are also able to contact SASFV via Email, Website Chat or Social Media to seek information or support for family violence.

SASFV Family Support Workers are available to be the first point of call, as a culturally safe and trusted service. Our staff and volunteers speak community languages and are well trained in being able to support clients experiencing family violence situations. SASFV staff have a comprehensive knowledge of the service system and can provide individualised information and empower clients, through a simpler more accessible referral process, to seek and obtain the support that they need. 

The family violence, and wider support service system is difficult to navigate even when you are familiar with Australian social services. Victims and perpetrators of family violence have to navigate this system while managing the fear of what may happen to themselves or their families. SASFV clients also have the added layer of language and cultural barriers, which make it even more difficult to comfortably access the services that they need. SASFV staff and volunteers understand the intersectionality that our clients face, through their own lived experience, and are able to better support our clients with empathy and compassion.

Educating communities on prevention of family violence through training Cross Cultural Volunteer Community Educators to deliver the Healthy Families, Healthy Relationships (HFHR) Program for their communities

Healthy Families, Healthy Relationships (HFHR) is a community education program developed by SASFV Director Jasbir Singh Suropada, that aims to equip families with knowledge and techniques for developing and maintaining healthy relationships within their families. The HFHR program works with the whole family unit, rather than just focusing on men or women. By having each member of the family participate in the program, we are building the family’s capacity to achieve healthier relationships contributing to a prevention of family violence occurrence within the family group.

The family centred HFHR program is facilitated by SASFV trained Cross Cultural Volunteer Community Educators and is tailorable to specific communities needs and faiths. As a result of the flexibility of the program, SASFV partners with Interfaith leaders within our community to deliver the HFHR program to diverse groups, utilising a tailored faith-based lens, to engage community members in a genuinely culturally safe way. This leads to better trust and engagement in the program and allows to the promotion of healthy relationships and family violence prevention to the broader community.

Building networks and collaborating with local service providers to ensure that victims have access to a range of services to meet individual need

Ensuring that SASFV builds and maintains networks and collaborative relationships with service providers in our area, ensures that our staff and volunteers have the knowledge and connections to be able to best support our clients. We connect with a wide range of service providers because we know a holistic approach to supporting victims of family violence is required to ensure needs are adequately met.

By building and maintaining relationships with our service networks we are able to make access and referral pathways easier for our clients to navigate, so that they are able to overcome the barriers to accessing the service system. It also allows us to remain up to date with the with the most recent information and resources that we are then able to provide to the community in their relevant community language.

These relationships also allow us attend provider networks and forums to bring community feedback directly to service providers, government departments and relevant authorities as a platform for discussion and advocacy for an improved, more collaborative, client-focused service delivery system.

Our History

In 1985 When We Start

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In 1985 When We Start

Mistaken idea of denoun pleasure and praising pain was born and will give you a complete account of the system expound actual

In 1985 When We Start

Mistaken idea of denoun pleasure and praising pain was born and will give you a complete account of the system expound actual

In 1985 When We Start

Mistaken idea of denoun pleasure and praising pain was born and will give you a complete account of the system expound actual

In 1985 When We Start

Mistaken idea of denoun pleasure and praising pain was born and will give you a complete account of the system expound actual