In 2018, almost 210,000 women living in Australia will experience violence at the hands of an intimate partner. A number will be in our churches. No Place for Violence Here is a campaign of the Australian Baptist churches (but open to all) to change this.
INTERNAL TRANSFORMATIONEquipping church leaders and church attenders to respond to domestic violence and shaping church cultures that mitigate against violence.
First, it helps churches address the reality of domestic abuse. Awareness raising tools and activities (posters, cards, church services, sermons) will bring the issue into the spotlight, while educational tools will help pastors and church attenders respond well to people who are living in abusive households.
Second, the campaign will help churches assess their church culture with regards to women and abuse and to cultivate cultural change. In addition to an audit tool, the campaign is commissioning four working groups to consider practical steps churches can take to address some key cultural factors in domestic abuse.The working groups will report back to the churches by the end of August 2018.
GRACEFUL PRESENCEChurches sharing the grace and love of God in their communities in acts of care for women and children fleeing domestic violence
- Put together “startover packs” for women fleeing domestic violence. Many have left behind their homes, their possessions, and and are starting over with very little. Churches can help by providing gift vouchers/cards for groceries, clothing, and furniture. These can be donated to a women’s refuge in your area for distribution to women in need. We recommend contacting a local service provider to find out what would be most useful;
- Run a fundraising event for a local domestic violence service organization, Baptistcare domestic violence programs, and/or Baptist World Aid’s work on gender-based violence in the Pacific. We’ll post details about the various programs you might support in the coming months
PROPHETIC VOICEChurches standing alongside people experiencing domestic violence, calling on governments to provide the community resources that are needed.
We need a large team of volunteers to help us with the research phase – from March to June 2018. Do you have people in your church who can help?