1679. Hon Alison Xamon to the minister representing the Minister for Police:
I refer to the Western Australia Police family violence special case team, and I ask:
(a) do members of the team receive cultural competency training specific to addressing family and domestic violence issues in culturally and linguistically diverse families;
(b) if yes to (a):
(i) please provide information on the nature and extent of any cultural competency training;
(ii) who provides this training; and
(iii) what percentage of current staff in the team have undergone this training; and
(c) if no to (a), why not?
Hon Stephen Dawson replied:
The Western Australian Police Force advise the following:
(b) (i)–(iii) Not applicable.
(c) A package regarding cultural competency training specific to addressing family and domestic violence issues in culturally and linguistically diverse families does not currently exist.
The Western Australia Police Force Community Engagement Division (CED) has carriage of addressing community diversity and substantive equality issues. In particular, issues around cultural violence against women and children and multicultural training to enhance service delivery.
At present, CED provide an awareness session as part of a detective investigators course on new and emerging communities.
CED are in the process of finalising a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) awareness package, to be available to employees of the WA Police Force.
The awareness package is near completion and will be made available to all WA Police Force employees, specifically staff in business units responsible for diverse community engagement and domestic and family violence issues.