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Parish Resource Kit to support our response to domestic violence


2016 Statement by Victorian Bishops


Parish Brochure - Responding to domestic and family violence
Statement by Bishop Vincent Long, February 2016 
A prayer to end domestic and family violence 

Victorian Government 10 year strategy Transforming our approach, November 2016  

New app connects women to local services: 1800RESPECTDownload Daisy here
Ugandan Bishop:  We cannot keep silent 

 

 

Domestic Violence
'Holding The Light', an ecumenical service of remembrance for victims and survivors of domestic violence was held on Sunday 26 November to remember those who have been killed this year through family violence. During the service, the bell tolled 42 times to pay tribute to the women who were murdered by someone known to them between Jan-Nov 26, 2017 in Australia.
 
The Service organiser and Director of ThinkPrevent, Dr Ree Boddé, also provided this powerful address, which was delivered to 200 plus delegates at the Bendigo Interfaith Conference held on 12 November 2017: "There is never a religious, a cultural, a societal justification for violence against women. Period."  Click here to listen.
 
Women escaping domestic violence who are forced to seek temporary refuge in motels will benefit from a new crisis centre in Adelaide’s northern suburbs. The Vinnies Women’s Crisis Centre was officially opened on 8 October in a ceremony led by Sr Meredith Evans RSM and attended by Vinnies national and state presidents Graham West and Cathy Beaton. Vinnies chief executive officer David Wark said, “It was clear to us a couple of years ago that Vinnies could make a difference to outcomes for women at risk, who are often housed in motel accommodation, and we set about making that happen. This new service will provide a wrap-around service where women and their children will have the support of the whole Vinnies community.”
 
Our latest Catholic Parishes Serving the Community newsletter contains news about local parishes serving in their community including St Dominic's East Camberwell and Holy Eucharist St Albans South; events of interest, in particular an upcoming evening forum to assist parishes in supporting asylum seekers, on 11 October; along with important in depth articles  that will assist the parish community to understand more deeply the issues of homeless and youth justice, and what role we can play in lessening their detrimental effects within the community.
 
Download the full newsletter, here.
Pope Francis has condemned "verbal and physical violence towards women" and called for "respect" while addressing large crowds on a recent visit to Colombia. The Argentine pontiff, the first Pope to visit the country in over three decades, said that the Bible celebrates women who are strong and influential.
 
"How many women, in silence, have persevered alone?" he asked those gathered in the city of Villavicencio, Colombia, where the Pope travelled to show support for the country's peace process. Read the full BBC story here.
Catholic parishes play an important role in supporting and serving the most vulnerable within their local communities. Whether it be in the assistance of material, financial or relational support to newly arrived asylum seekers, or being aware and knowing what to do in the situations of family and domestic violence, or reaching out to an elderly or isolated neighbour, we all have a role to play in bringing to life the Gospel message.


Following the release of the Victorian bishop’s statement condemning family and domestic violence earlier this year, and the distribution of the resource kit to parishes, Catholic Social Services Victoria is continuing its work in providing ongoing support for parishes and providing opportunities for clergy, pastoral staff, and parishioners to increase their skills in responding well to people experiencing family violence. We are in the process of developing a training package tailored specifically to people and organisations within the Catholic community.
 

McAuley Works are a free outreach service who specialise in working with women overcoming Family Violence, mental health and homelessness to find and sustain employment. They also have great success collaborating with services who are already supporting clients in other matters and just need extra assistance in finding, applying for and starting work. Women are referred to the program through McAuley Care and McAuley House as well as from other Victorian agencies.

Following the call of Victorian Bishops, Catholic Social Services Victoria has developed a resource kit for parishes in order to help them better respond to domestic and family violence. The resource kits are being distributed to every parish in Victoria, plus leading social services organisations and include a variety of important resources, which can be found on this page.
Fr Andy Hamilton SJ of Jesuit Social Services and Eureka Street has provided further comment on the recent statement released by the Victorian Bishops condemning family and domestic violence. Fr Andy identifies the need to build on the Bishops' statement, in the provision of support services, and in reflecting on the role of alcohol and of pornography in creating a culture within which violence can occur. 
 
Read Fr Andy's article in Eureka Street, here.
The Victorian Bishops released a statement on 29 November 2016 condemning domestic and family violence in the strongest possible terms, and have called on the whole Church community to work together in preventing violence. "Our goal must be a society where all people are safe in their home, families and close relationships; where violence and abuse are not acceptable; and where all relationships respect the equality and dignity of each person. This is part of the Gospel vision of love and respect."
 
 
 
 
McAuley House, Victoria’s first purpose built accommodation and support hub for women who are homeless opened on 30 November, in Footscray. The $11m building has been largely funded through the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea ($7m) and the Victorian Labor Government ($4m).
Prevention and putting an end to family violence are of key concern for Catholic Social Services Victoria and the wider community. The Catholic Church has a key role to play and so in Victoria, Catholic Social Services has been working with the bishops and with parishes in order to produce a range of resource material that will help address this very important issue.

 

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