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Supporting survivors of sexual violence: Challenges and opportunities for practitioners

The report:

  • – brings to light the issues faced by counsellors and women victim/survivors as they traverse two cultures;
  • – defines some of the expectations and assumptions that women encounter when they attempt to access support services;
  • – discusses how this can result in exclusion and discrimination for some women; and
  • – suggests good practice for service providers in relation to effective cross-cultural service provision for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background women who have been subjected to sexual violence.

This report is primarily of interest to workers in the sexual assault and domestic violence fields. However, it will be of value to practitioners who provide support to refugee and immigrant women in a broad range of service areas including health, housing and education.

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