Now that data collection for the ASPIRE Project Report has finished, the research team is working hard to analyse the hours of interview material we have collected over the past year. As we work towards producing a report which captures the experiences of immigrant and refugee women, we are also beginning another chapter of ASPIRE called Photovoice: If I could say one thing to my community.
Photovoice is a type of research which brings women together through the process of photography. By taking photographs, participants are encouraged to reflect on and focus their ideas about family violence in Australia. Specifically, we have asked women who feel strongly committed to preventing family violence: what would you want to say if you could speak back to your community? Through their images, and by sharing and discussing them over a number of weeks, participants have autonomy over the direction and representation of their ideas and the messages they want to communicate.
We have already held the first training meeting, which brought women from many of our research sites and from many different backgrounds. It was a fantastic success and we are already looking forward to the next meeting.
We will be holding an exhibition of selected photographs to coincide with the publication of the report and to help translate our findings into meaningful conversations across the Victorian and Tasmanian regions where the research team conducted our research.
If you live in Victoria or can get to Melbourne for our launch, put 9 December 2016 in your calendar.