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1800RESPECT and Migration Council Australia raise awareness for domestic violence support

20 Jul 2021

1800RESPECT has partnered with the Migration Council of Australia to translate information about the 1800RESPECT service into 37 languages. The aim is to increase awareness of support available to people from migrant, refugee and non-English speaking backgrounds who may be experiencing domestic, family or sexual violence.

The translated information are available on a suite of images designed for sharing on social media and digital channels. In addition to appearing on 1800RESPECT’s social media accounts, they can also be shared by migrant and refugee support services, community groups and personal networks.

In each language, the images provide information on the 1800RESPECT service including service operation times, who the service is for, and how people can get in contact via phone, web chat and the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS).

The images are available in Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Croatian, Dari, Dinka, Farsi, French, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Lao (Phetsarath and Saysetha), Macedonian, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Tetum, Thai, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

By providing information in 37 languages, the aim is to increase awareness of violence and abuse, and provide access to sexual assault, domestic and family violence support for people from migrant, refugee and non-English speaking backgrounds who are now living in Australia.

“It’s important to reach out to these communities with this information, because people from non-English speaking backgrounds already face so many barriers when it comes to accessing support for domestic, family and sexual violence,” said Fiona Mort, 1800RESPECT Head of Service. “We want them to know that whatever their situation, support is available. By harnessing community networks, we hope to reach people who may not otherwise know that there are services like 1800RESPECT that are available and ready to help.”

The images are available on the 1800RESPECT website for anyone to download for free and share on their own accounts, platforms and networks.

The 1800RESPECT service is for everyone living in Australia who is impacted by domestic, family and sexual violence, regardless of their situation. We are an accessible service and can be contacted through the Translating and Interpreting Service by calling 131 450. 1800RESPECT is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone and web chat. 1800RESPECT is funded by the Australian Government under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022.


For enquiries, please contact:

Cynthia Piromalli
National Communications and Digital Manager, 1800RESPECT