We began September with our second Victorian Advisory Group meeting, which gave us an opportunity to reflect on the progress of the project so far and workshop recruitment strategies for interviews and focus groups in our key research sites.
August was a particularly productive month for the research team. Not only did we submit our State of Knowledge paper to ANROWS for publication, we also received ethics clearance from the University of Melbourne Health Sciences Human Ethics Sub-Committee. This means we can now begin interviewing in Victoria (and hopefully soon Tasmania)!
On 25-26 August we conducted our first researcher training with members of the research team and bilingual educators from Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health. The two-day training included a great presentation from InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence and was led by Dr Cathy Vaughan and ASPIRE research assistant Erin Davis, who provided the perfect combination of expertise in research and in family violence services.
The bilingual educators who have joined the research team as interviewers and facilitators also bring extensive experience and expertise in working with women who have experienced violence and will be invaluable to the project. Among the team we are now able to interview women in fourteen languages including Arabic, Burmese, Cantonese, Croatian, Dari, English, Farsi, Hindi, Karen, Mandarin, Marathi, Punjabi, Tagalog and Tamil. The research team is excited about the coming months of data collection and is looking forward to listening to immigrant and refugee women to learn about their experiences.