Faith leaders and communities examine how they respond to family violence

In progress

Who is leading the change

  • Department of Premier and Cabinet

Faith leaders and communities establish processes for examining the ways in which they currently respond to family violence in their communities and whether any of their practices operate as deterrents to the prevention or reporting of, or recovery from, family violence or are used by perpetrators to excuse or condone abusive behaviour.

  • The response to recommendations 163 and 165 is comprised of two Phases:

    Phase 1 (July 2018 to December 2019 - COMPLETE): This phase involved a scan of the international, national and Victorian literature and consultations with key stakeholders to identify evidence related to building capacity of faith-based organisations, faith communities and faith leaders to achieve the social change required to effectively prevent and respond to family violence and violence against women. It resulted in the development of a technical paper that includes recommendations on how faith communities can better respond to violence against women and family violence (including sustaining an effective response and addressing barriers to effective responses); identifies evidence gaps; and summarises key stakeholders and relationships integral to an effective response.  In this phase of the project, an Evidence Guide was developed that outlines key principles of effective work in faith settings for prevention and response to violence against women.

    Phase 2 (June 2019 to March 2021 – IN PROGRESS): This phase will support faith communities through five pilot projects to apply evidence from Phase 1 to design, deliver and evaluate these initiatives. The University of Melbourne is working to gather data that will complement and inform the research of Phase 1. Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health have designed and delivered a Community of Practice to bring together these organisations to share and capture learnings and discuss challenges.

  • Phase 1 research has been completed. This will be complemented by findings from the delivery of the pilot projects in Phase 2. Phase 2 is underway, with five pilot projects in progress. Most projects are scheduled to be completed by March 2021. However, given the progress of the other pilots, and the associated finding, it is the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s view that recommendations 163 and 165 will be implemented by March 2021.

  • Forecast implementation date: 31 March 2021.

Reviewed 02 February 2021

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