Domestic and family violence is one of this nation's leading criminal justice, health and wellbeing issues. This is why it is also a key faith issue and as such faith bases organisations need to do all that they canto support both the victims and the perpetrators of domestic and family violence.
Early in the Old Testament we hear of the first biblical Family Violence event.
“Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him” - Genesis 4:8
This is the first case of scripture where Family and Domestic Violence occurs. Violence is not new to our world or the human race and as such scripture also tells us to:
“Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” - Proverbs 31:9
In Australian and across the world, domestic and family violence is being perpetrated. The problem with this type of violence is that it is silent most of the time, dulled behind closed doors and the victims are too afraid to come forward. Abuse thrives on silence which allows perpetrators to continue their abuse, and victims are left to suffer in isolation, not knowing if their church cares or can help.
Women and children are dying due to violence within the home. Whilst government and non-government agencies have committed to the problem many churches and its members have not yet addressed the issue sufficiently and find it hard to accept that even in faith based communities there is likely to be victims - and abusers - sitting next to them in Sunday services. Australian media has also shone a light on church leaders perpetrating domestic and family violence. It is essential for churches to invest in a broader stand against the violence which is in stark contrast to the biblical meaning of family. It is important that churches and their agencies open their hearts and their services to the people who are struggling with abusive relationships in their congregations. Faith based organisations are uniquely positioned to respond to situations of domestic and family violence but are often lacking the knowledge and training required to do so appropriately.
The purpose of this workshop is to help faith based organisations, their leaders, staff and volunteers to understand the issue, the causes and the indicators of domestic and family violence. It also aims to help churches to understand appropriate ways to respond to both the victims and the perpetrators.
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