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Love, Respect and Courage: How the Church can tackle family violence

Thursday, 4 April 2019, 7:00 pm9:30 pm AEDT

What can the Church be doing to tackle family violence? This one-off event features an expert panel at the forefront of initiatives to educate and equip the Church in efforts to end violence against women.

In recent times, the issue of family violence, and violence against women more generally, has emerged as one of the biggest challenges facing Australian society today. All too often we hear the stories of women whose lives have been torn apart. It happens in every part of our society – regardless of socio-economic background, race, age, culture, or faith. It happens in our churches too.

As Christians, we know that this is a symptom of a broken world and broken relationships. This is not how it is supposed to be. Yet, how well equipped are we to tackle the problem? How well do we understand the underlying drivers that make violence against women more likely to occur, let alone what we can do to stop it?

Love, Respect and Courage is a rare opportunity to hear from a panel of Australian and international experts on what the latest research and best practice says about the role of the Church in preventing violence against women.

We all have a part to play in tackling family violence. Join us to learn what you and your church can be doing to help end family violence in Australia.

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Dr Kristin Aune
Visiting Senior Research Fellow (Coventry University, UK) who has led research into domestic abuse and the church in England. She was the Principal Investigator on a pioneering research study into the prevalence and nature of domestic abuse in the Church in the UK in partnership with Restored, an international Christian alliance working to transform relationships and end violence against women.

Dr Cathy Vaughan
Senior Lecturer in Gender and Women’s Health in the Centre for Health Equity, University of Melbourne. Dr Vaughan is leading on ground-breaking research into how faith communities can address family violence in a project funded by the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Government of Victoria; and leads research projects on the role of Australian settlement and multicultural services in supporting women experiencing violence, and on the needs of Syrian refugees who have experienced sexual and gender based violence.

Reverend Scott Holmes
Manager of Practice Development, Our Watch (Our Watch provides national leadership for primary prevention of violence against women), Committee member of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne’s Preventing violence against women Program, and member of General Synod’s Family Violence working group. Scott has been involved in equipping faith communities and other community sectors to address violence against women for eight years.

Robyn Boosey
Anglican Diocese of Melbourne’s Preventing Violence Against Women Program. Robyn is co-founder and co-director of IC Change, a national volunteer-led campaign urging the UK Government to ratify the Istanbul Convention on violence against women. She has worked on addressing violence against women with a range of organisations, including the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rape Crisis England and Wales, and the international Christian alliance to end violence against women, Restored.

Sponsored by

The Anglican Diocese of Melbourne Prevention of Violence Against Women Program,
Centre for Research in Religion & Social Policy, University of Divinity
Ethos: Evangelical Alliance Centre for Christianity & Society.


Thursday, 4 April 2019
7:00 pm–9:30 pm
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RASP (Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy)


St Michael’s Church
220 Macpherson Street
Princes Hill, Victoria 3054 Australia
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