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Report: Interpreter Services in Domestic and Family Violence Matters

For victim-survivors of domestic and family violence from a non-English speaking background, having access to quality interpreter services can make all the difference when it comes to achieving safety, justice and wellbeing.

In fact, having access to quality interpreters is essential at all stages of the domestic and family violence response, including at the initial police call-out, throughout engagement with support services, and in court.

Nevertheless, multicultural domestic and family violence specialists have identified that victim-survivors of violence and abuse are not being systematically offered these essential services, as well as instances where services are being offered, but in a way that is not safe nor trauma-informed for victims of violence.

This is consistent with the findings of the latest NSW Domestic Violence Death Review Team Report 2017 – 2019 which raised concerns surrounding the need to address the barriers facing culturally and linguistically diverse communities and ensuring availability of culturally inclusive supports and responses to domestic violence.

To address concerns surrounding interpreter services in domestic and family violence (DFV) matters, Women’s Safety NSW conducted an online survey which was completed by a diverse range of 42 frontline DFV specialists who are members of Women’s Safety NSW and/or our partnering peak, Domestic Violence NSW.

Check out the FULL REPORT HERE