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With support from the Law and Justice Foundation, the Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association NSW has developed plays and an Audio CD to provide information on Domestic Violence and in particular on Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders. The CD consists of 2 short plays in 5 languages. The first script explores what Domestic Violence is and the second presents how to apply for an Apprehended Violence Order.

Five communities were identified: Sudanese Arabic, Sudanese Dinka, Somalian, Sierra Leonean and the Afghani. There are 2 plays for each language: Arabic Sudanese (Sudan), Dinka (Sudan), Dari (Afghanistan), Kriol (Sierra Leone) and Somali (Somalia). The titles of the plays are:
1. Domestic Violence is not OK
2. Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs)

The scripts for all selected languages are very similar, but not exactly the same as each community modified the original scripts to suit their particular needs. These languages were selected on the basis that these communities are new and emerging in Australia with literacy issues.

English scripts:

1.Arabic Sudanese

-Domestic Violence is not OK (pdf 69Mb)
-Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs) (pdf 71Mb)

2.Dinka

-Domestic Violence is not OK (pdf 60Mb)
-Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs) (57Mb)

3.Dari

-Domestic Violence is not OK (pdf 61Mb)
-Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs) (pdf 55Mb)

4.Kriol

-Domestic Violence is not OK (pdf 79Mb)
-Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs) (pdf 81Mb)

5.Somali

-Domestic Violence is not OK (pdf 60Mb)
-Apprehended Violence Orders (AVOs) (pdf 55Mb)

(To view those documents you need Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

MP3 audio files will be available soon.

Disclaimer: These plays are for information only and should not be used as substitute for legal advice. The information is correct as of January 2005 and applies to New South Wales only.

For more information contact the Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association of NSW Inc.