Report on the Round Table Consultation Event: Understanding domestic violence and religion: Exploring how faith-based organisations can be part of the solution. Friday, 28th October, in-person at St Athanasius College, Melbourne and online

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2023-02
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Flinders University and University of Divinity
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A Roundtable event titled ‘Understanding domestic violence and religion’ was held on 28 October 2022 to explore the question of how faith-based organisations could be part of the solution to domestic violence in Australia. The Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence (State of Victoria 2016) recommended that faith leaders and communities establish processes for examining responses and recovery to domestic violence. Many FBOs have embarked on this recommendation to raise awareness in congregations, schools, and other institutions of the church, as well as training, identifying and developing resources, and searching for best practice to support and respond to both victims-survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence. There is much potential for FBOs and communities to be part of prevention and response initiatives to tackle domestic violence because religion influences leaders and congregations, as well as men and women, in ideas about gender and family values, and hence, plays a powerful role in development of family life and intimate partner relations.
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The Report on the Round Table Consultation Event was an initiative of the ‘Religion and domestic violence: Exploring men’s perpetration’ research project (ARC/LP190100269). To access the research project’s final report see the second link provided. © Flinders University and University of Divinity
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Domestic violence, Faith-based organisations, Prevention of domestic violence, Faith communities, Victims, Survivors, Interventions
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Wendt, S., Clarke, J., Mayer, W. & Blackburn, D (2023) Report on the Round Table Consultation Event – Understanding domestic violence and religion: Exploring how faith-based organisations can be part of the solution. Friday, 28th October, in-person at St Athanasius College, Melbourne, and online. Social Work Innovation Research Living Space, Flinders University.