Sikh temples in Victoria to roll out family violence prevention project

Along with some other faith groups, the Sikh community has received funding from the Victorian government to implement a...

The Victorian Sikh Gurduaras Council Inc has received a funding of $120,000 from the Victorian government for a family violence prevention project.

The Secretary of VSGC Jang Singh Pannu told SBS Punjabi, “As a result of the various recommendations made by the Royal Commission into family violence, the Victorian government has identified the Sikh community – along with some other faith groups – as communities which will benefit from capacity building in family violence prevention.” 

The pioneering project is now being rolled out, which is expected to take 18 months to complete. 

“As part of this project, we will identify areas where we need to build capacity, and later, professional training will be provided to religious leaders, priests, committee members and future leaders,” said Mr Singh.

“At the end of the project, we would like every Sikh household to have information about Australian laws pertaining to family violence and modes of prevention,” he added.

VSGC is now seeking expressions of interest from experienced members of the Sikh community, to spearhead this pilot project to prevent family violence.

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