Safer Pathways

Safer Pathways for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Women

The aim of the Safer Pathways for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Women is to help CALD women living in regional areas that are experiencing, or at risk of, family and domestic violence or sexual assault, to access the support that they need. It is a two-year research project to identify ways to improve pathways into Domestic and Family Violence support services for CALD Women.

Family and domestic violence and sexual assault support services play a critical role in most Australian communities to help women who are experiencing violence, or who may have experienced violence in the past. Consultation with CALD women indicates that services could be more proactive in offering support, and could work with CALD specific services, such as multicultural services, to assist CALD clients to become familiar with the kinds of support available.

The program’s objective is to:

  • Achieve positive outcomes for at risk (or victims of domestic and family violence) CALD women, their children and their families by improving their safety and wellbeing; advancing gender equality and reduction of violence against women and children.
  • Identify and reduce barriers to accessing support services for CALD women living in regional areas experiencing, or at risk of, family / domestic violence and or sexual assault.
  • Improve access to domestic and family violence services for CALD women, provide support and education.
  • Identify and test lasting ways for Safer Pathways workers to collaborate and work together with other community organisations, service providers and government agencies in the Mackay area to provide CALD women the best support available to them.


The research project is part of a national initiative, the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects using Action Research (CALD PAR) with short term funding from the Commonwealth Department of Social Services.  The research results from all of the projects in the initiative will be shared with Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) and the Department of Social Services.

Safer Pathways for CALD Women Program is delivered in the Mackay area by George Street Neighbourhood Centre in partnership with the Mackay Women Services (Mackay Women’s Centre and Domestic Violence Resource Service) and the Mackay Integrated Service Team. The program also collaborates with the Mackay Regional Council’s “Mackay Draws the Line” initiative and other government and non-government agencies in Mackay.

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Shakespeare Child and Family Centre, 43 Shakespeare Street, East Mackay QLD 4740

For more information please call 07 4957 7222 or 0400 788 218 or email


Safer Pathways for CALD Women Survey (Mackay)

The program is conducting a survey as part of the research project. The aim of the survey is to gain a better understanding of how members of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities of Mackay understand Domestic and Family Violence. And also, what they think Domestic and Family Violence services can do to better support women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities in the Mackay region.

The survey is targeting CALD community members living in Mackay. To participate, please follow this link (the survey will close on 31 March 2019):

George Street Neighbourhood centre and Mackay Women’s Services are running a CALD women’s Club for culturally and linguistically Diverse women of Mackay to connect, to learn about women’s health and wellbeing, to share stories and experiences, to learn new skills and most importantly to enjoy themselves in a safe environment.

The club provides information sessions on a variety of topics that are of interest to multicultural women.

Location: Mackay Women’s Centre, 418 shakespeare street, Mackay
Day/Time: every Friday, 9.30am – 11.30am

Transport provided on request

All sessions free of cost, children friendly and provided light refreshments.

For more information, please contact George Street Neighbourhood Centre ( Valeriya):

W. 04 4957 2626 M. 0400 788 218 E.


Safer Pathways Program runs a support group which is called Life with Boundaries.

The aim of Life with Boundaries Support Group is to assist CALD women in a culturally sensitive way to address the impacts of domestic and family violence and sexual assault.

Life with Boundaries provides:

  •  A welcoming and supportive environment;
  • A safe space for women to talk about their experiences;
  • Opportunities to gain strength and understanding through shared experiences;
  • Connection with other women to break down social isolation associated with living with domestic violence;

Education about Women’s Health and Wellbeing;

  • Activities to increase self-esteem and promote self-care;
  • Education and information about domestic and family violence and sexual assault; and

Information about services available in the Mackay region.

Life with Boundaries is a closed support group that meets at Mackay Women’s Centre (418 Shakespeare Street) and is facilitated by George Street Neighbourhood Centre.

For more information please call 07 4957 7222 or 0400 788 218 or email



Shakespeare Child and Family Centre

43 Shakespeare Street, East Mackay QLD 4740

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