Individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds who are experiencing domestic violence can face significant challenges and barriers in accessing services and support.

Helping people in these very difficult situations relies on being equipped with practical strategies and an awareness of the specific services that are available to victims.

This episode shares the story of Jana who is experiencing Domestic Violence and Abuse and is from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background. She feels scared and is unsure of what steps to take for herself and her children.

About the host and guests

Host Carolyn Devries, CEO of New Way Lawyers and member of the Greater Brisbane Family Law Pathways Network holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Masters in the management of non profit organisations, along with many other qualifications. She has worked with families in the legal and community sectors for over 20 years and is a former Telstra Business Women’s Award Winner.

Karen Prestidge is the Statewide Manager for Community Recovery and Corporate Training with UnitingCare (QLD). In her previous role, Karen was the Service Lead of Lifeline’s 13 11 14 service and Karen has been with Lifeline in various roles since 2000.

Ingrid Perez is a Senior Caseworker at the Immigrant Women’s Support Service, providing emotional and practical support to women from non-English speaking backgrounds experiencing family, domestic and sexual violence. 

Andrew Morrison is a Managing Lawyer with New Way Lawyers, Australia’s first non-profit law firm. Andrew has over 20 years’ experience practising in complex property and parenting family matters and significant experience working and volunteering with individuals from CALD background  

Robert Lachowicz is the Education Coordinator at the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service which provides free immigration advice, legal assistance and legal education to migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in Queensland.