Family Violence is an issue within the wider community with one woman being killed nearly every week in Australia due to family violence and, on average, police attending a family violence incident every six minutes in Victoria.
This means our leaders are likely to encounter family violence whether within our congregations or in the communities we service.
As a Safe Church, we are committed to remaining a safe place for all to encounter God. These resources have been developed to inform, aid and assist congregational members, lay and ordained appointed leaders in addressing this issue in a culturally, linguistically and theologically-informed way that is boundary setting and pastorally caring.
The resources have been professionally translated and are available in five languages: English, Tongan, Samoan, Fijian and Korean.
The resources include:
- a workbook for leaders to further their education about family violence and how to respond
- three posters
- a statement of commitment
- three one-page “grab and go” documents: how to recognise family violence, how to respond to family violence and Safety Planning.
If you have any further questions or concerns about family violence, contact the Culture of Safety Unit.