The DPV Health project aims to educate and motivate members of the south Asian community to have conversations about feeling safe at home and in the community.

A NEW community-led project has been produced with the aim of highlighting the issue of family violence and encouraging people to seek help and talk about it.

‘Let’s Bring Change Together’ is a video that seeks to educate and motivate members of the south Asian community to have conversations about family violence and promote the importance of feeling safe at home and in the community.

The video was created by DPV Health in partnership with Red Hat Films, with 27 community members helping to advise on key messages, what was culturally appropriate and what would resonate best with the community.

DPV Health chief executive Don Tidbury said the project had highlighted the importance of addressing family violence.

“As part of the Let’s Bring Change Together project, a series of resource have been developed, including videos, audios and printed resources focusing on family violence prevention and supports,” he said.

“These resources, which are available in English, Hindi and Punjabi languages, are important to raising awareness of preventing family violence.”

To celebrate the launch of the video, DPV hosted an event at the Galada Community Centre in Epping North, receiving an overwhelming response through participation from key partners and stakeholders as well as members of the south Asian community.

The event also featured talks from Mr Tidbury, members of partner organisations and the prevention of violence against women team. A dance was also performed by south Asian troupe Bollywood Fusion.

DPV Health senior health promotion officer Whitney Exposto said the project would help encourage more similar projects in the future.

“The Let’s Bring Change Together resource is a pilot project to support the community, and we trust that this video will pave the way to work with other diverse communities within Hume and Whittlesea to help create a safe, equal, and respectful community for all,” she said.

DPV Health aims to extend to the project to more communities based on feedback from the wider community and consultation with other community groups.

To view the video and access support resources, visit www.dpvhealth.org.au/lets-bring-change-together.

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