Domestic Violence is a serious issue in our society and in our churches. Australian Police deal with domestic violence every two minutes. Church communities are not immune from this statistic. Abuse and violence has no place amongst Christians and God is opposed to abuse in marriage, yet domestic abuse occurs within Christian marriages.
The Presbyterian Church in NSW has made this statement against Domestic Violence.
The tip sheets below have been prepared to resource you on how to recognise and respond to domestic violence.
If you are a victim or know someone you suspect may be experiencing domestic abuse please contact the Conduct Protocol Unit on 02 9690 9325 for advice and support.
What does the Bible say about Domestic and Family Violence?
What is Domestic and Family Violence?
Responding to Domestic Violence from a Leadership Perspective
Responding to Domestic Violence from a Pastoral Perspective
How to respond to Domestic Violence as a friend
Responding to Domestic and Family Violence – Are you a victim?
Responding to the perpetrators of Domestic and Family Violence
Domestic and Family Violence Decision Tree
Domestic and Family Violence and Children / Young People
How to make Churches Safer
Police – Triple Zero – 000 (if there is immediate danger) or 131 444 (in NSW) (non-urgent)
Kids Helpline – 1800 55 1800
A free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.
Provides confidential service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, sexual assault, domestic or family violence, their friends and family and supporting workers and professionals.
MensLine Australia – 1300 78 99 78
Provides free telephone and online counselling services for men with emotional health and relationship concerns.
No to Violence: Men’s Referral Service – 1300 766 491
Provides information, referral and support for male perpetrators, male victims and for their relatives and friends.
NEW SOUTH WALES
NSW Domestic Violence Line – 1800 656 453
Provides 24 hour a day, 7 day a week support and referrals for victims of domestic violence.
NSW Child Protection Hotline – 132 111
A 24 hour a day, 7 day a week, call centre staffed by professionally qualified caseworkers to receive and screen reports about suspected abuse or neglect of a child or young person or those at risk of harm from abuse or neglect.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service – 02 6280 0900
The Domestic Violence Crisis Service provides all people affected by domestic violence within the ACT with crisis support, including crisis counselling, safety planning, referrals, support groups, assistance with emergency accommodation, court outcomes for family violence matters, assistance applying for a Domestic Violence Order and support for children and their families.
WA Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline – 08 9223 118 or 1800 007 339
A 24 hour service providing support and counselling for women experiencing family and domestic violence. This includes phone counselling, advice, referral to local services, liaison with police if necessary and support in escaping DFV situations. The service can refer women to safe accommodation and also offers interpreting services.
WA Relationships Australia – 6164 0270 or 1300 364 277
Provides relationship support services for individuals and families, including domestic violence support, counselling, resources and information.
TAS Family Violence Counselling and Support Services – 1800 608 122
Department of Communities Tasmania FVCSS offers professional and specialised services to assist children, young people and adults affected by family violence. Operates 9am-midnight on weekdays and 4pm-midnight on weekends.
Safe at Home is Tasmania’s integrated criminal justice response to family violence that offers support and information. The Response and Referral Line operates 24/7.