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Family Law and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities Project: Legal Education Kit

This report outlines Family Law and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALDI) Project that aimed to promote understanding of Australian family law, family violence and child protection access to and the delivery of legal education programs to recently arrived immigrants to Australia. The report indicates the growing need for greater family law comprehension among the target demographic given cultural distinctions between Australia’s family law system and those of the countries from which the immigrants originated. The authors caution that homogeneity should not be assumed within Asia, Africa, or elsewhere and emphasize the need for community based consultations in order to appreciate the differentiations in terms of needs and values. One common factor, however, is a generalized fear of government with the result that many immigrants within these communities avoid rather than seek out legal assistance or information. The report offers best practices including the development of long term collaborative relationships with key stakeholders.

Author: Legal Services Commission of South Australia
Title of Work: Family Law and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities Project: Legal Education Kit
Date: 2006
Organization: Legal Services Commission of South Australia
URL: Click here http://www.lsc.sa.gov.au/cb_pages/images/Legal%20Education%20Kit.pdf
Topic: Family law & Immigrant and refugee communities
Location of Authoring Organization by Country: Australia
Location of Authoring Organization by Province/ State (unless national entity):
Availability: Full report online
Language: English