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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Safer Pathways program in partnership with Mackay Women’s Services runs CALD Women’s Club – a free social group for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women of Mackay to connect, support each other, build confidence and learn new skills. The Club meets every Friday, 9.30am – 11.30am at Mackay Women’s Centre, 418 Shakespeare street.


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


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