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MSD Takes Bold Steps to Stop Family Violence and Sexual Violence in Ethnic Communities

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In a significant step towards combating family violence and sexual violence, the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has introduced the Ethnic Communities Violence Prevention (ECVP) program, which commenced in July 2023. This initiative is gaining attention due to its proactive approach to address pressing issues.

MSD acknowledges the invaluable contributions of community organisations that partnered in the ECVP workshops, held online and in-person nationwide. This collaborative effort signifies a serious commitment to addressing a significant social problem.

The ECVP program’s primary focus is to actively engage with ethnic communities to gain insight into their experiences with family violence and sexual violence. It goes beyond understanding; it aims to create tangible solutions.

A notable component of the program is the launch of community trials in Auckland, with a specific emphasis on preventing violence within South-Asian communities, encompassing countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and others. It also includes diaspora communities such as Fijian Indians and South Asian individuals from other continents, for example, Africa. These trials are remarkable for their collaborative approach, with solutions being developed in partnership with the affected communities, rather than imposed from above.

If your organisation wants to be part of these significant trials in Auckland, you can express your interest by completing a simple survey. This presents an opportunity to actively contribute to the solution.

Furthermore, MSD has unveiled the Ethnic Communities Innovation Fund, which is another noteworthy development. This fund is intended to support initiatives tailored for ethnic communities at risk of family violence and sexual violence. Detailed information about the fund and application procedures will soon be accessible on the MSD website.

To learn more about these initiatives and get involved in efforts to create safer communities, you can contact MSD at ECVP@msd.govt.nz. These actions reflect a genuine commitment to forging a safer and brighter future for all. These steps are indeed significant in the ongoing pursuit of safer communities.

By Dilhan Athapaththu

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