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Domestic Violence

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.

 

Links & Resources

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 

 

 

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