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Healthy Family Relationships

Healthy Relationships in a New Culture

The ‘Healthy Relationships in a New Culture’ (HRINC) project - starting in February 2012 - promotes change in attitudes and behaviour among CALD communities regarding violence against women through encouraging more respectful relationships, building on the existing skills and capacities of participants while using culturally relevant approaches and materials. The project targets the involvement of Sudanese, Somali, Iraqi (Arabic and Kurdish speaking), and Indian ethnic communities based in metropolitan Melbourne.

Key activities implemented will include

  • Development of a 'Healthy Relationship' training curriculum and resources (designed in conjunction with inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence); 
  • Delivery of training curriculum in form of a 'Healthy Relationship' course consisting of a series of workshops;
  • Follow-on activities led by course participants, including production and delivery of a drama performance around healthy/respectful relationships aimed at other members of their community. 

Spectrum MRC is one of the first two Victorian community organisations receiving funding as part of the Government’s National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022. 

A copy of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 is available from




Family Men Don't do Family Violence

Spectrum produced the "Knock it off, mate" TV commercial, featuring high profile celebrities and community leaders from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, as a part of the Family Men Don’t do Family Violence campaign to prevent the incidence of family violence. The TV commercial was launched by comedian Akmal Saleh and former Victoria Premier, Steve Bracks to mark World Health Day 2008.

Given that family violence is an issue which affects all communities, it was decided to develop a campaign which featured men from many ethnic and religious backgrounds, all giving the advice,

The TV commercial features prominent leaders from Indigenous, Middle Eastern, Asian, European, Anglo Australian, Islander and African backgrounds: comedian, Akmal Saleh, Jason McCartney (former AFL player), Israel Folau (Melbourne Storm), Jason Johnson (Essendon), Alwyn Davey (Essendon), Hon. James Merlino (Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs), Uncle Jack Charles (Indigenous elder and actor), Sheik Fehmi (Imam), George Lekakis (Victorian Multicultural Commission Chairperson), Waleed Aly (author), Phong Nguyen (former Ethnic Communities Council Chairperson) and Abdinur Weli (Imam).

The TV commercial was funded by VicHealth under the Respect and Responsibility program’s “Preventing Violence Against Women” initiative.