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White Ribbon Day, November 25, 2015

At the 2015 AGM, Churches of Christ Vic/Tas and affiliates made a commitment “to be churches [and agencies] that advocate for and live out Christ’s message that men and women are created equal in God’s image...and…consequently work to change attitudes that contribute to the demeaning of and violence against women.”

November 25 is White Ribbon Day, an opportunity for every community to stand up and demonstrate their commitment to the protection and equality of women and children, and to work with compassion against the actions of those who would commit violence against their spouses, partners, and families. You can find out more about White Ribbon Day at whiteribbon.org.au.

This email contains content intended to promote discussion within your community around this important issue, and to identify ways in which your community can be a leader in your neighbourhood when it comes to changing attitudes and preventing family violence.
 

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and need help or support, please call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732). See more options below.
An excellent place to start discussions around this issue is the 2015 CCVT Resolution in Response to Domestic Violence, which was passed at the 2015 Summit AGM. 

This document contains the text of the Resolution, as well as introductions from Sally Tonkin (CEO St Kilda Gatehouse) and Graeme Cann (Counsellor, Pastor) who respectively moved and seconded the motion. These introductions contain background information, exhortations, and inspirational ideas for how your community can begin to address this issue within itself and your neighbourhood.

Also included with the motion are a number of action steps and other useful resources that can be explored and implemented in your community.

You can download the full motion text, introductions, and action steps here »

 

Domestic Violence Prevention Pilot

be involved in shaping the program

At its most recent meeting the CCVT Domestic and Family Violence Taskforce decided to invite 6-8 churches to participate in a pilot program in 2016 designed to reduce incidents of domestic violence. The pilot will involve a sermon or sermon series, small groups, workshops, and completion of a checklist. Participation and feedback will be valued in creating a resource that can be used in all communities.

If you would like to be part of this pilot please contact Paul Arnott on 9488 8800 or via email at parnott@churchesofchrist.org.au.

 

Speaker Available

Graeme Cann can speak at your church

 

Graeme Cann has been a leader in engaging with the issue of domestic violence in his neighbourhood of Casey, and has seen the value of church communities engaging with this issue and leading the way in changing attitudes that demean and enable violence against women. At the 2015 CCVT AGM, he seconded the above-mentioned Motion on Domestic Violence.

Graeme is willing to speak to interested church communities on a Sunday morning around this and related issues. His availability is limited, so first come, first served.

If you would like to ask Graeme to speak to your community, please contact Paul Arnott on 9488 8800 or parnott@churchesofchrist.org.au.

 

Download here »


CCVT has prepared a series of snippet prayers that are available to be used in discussions about this issue. This prayer is written in short blocks focusing on different areas and groups of people. We encourage you to use the entirety of the prayer, but in ways suited to your community.

We also encourage your community to create its own prayers for this issue.

 

She's Someone

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St Kilda Gatehouse has had many years of experience working with vulnerable women who have experienced physical and emotional violence at the hands of both partners and strangers. CEO Sally Tonkin presents a powerful talk at TEDx St Kilda, stating that addressing any social issue starts with acknowledging an individual’s humanity and an innate desire for recognition.


It's a Men's Issue

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In this TED talk, anti-sexism educator Jackson Katz calls on men to take serious part in issues of gender inequality, and examines how language and culture create systems and behaviours that allow and perpetuate violence against women.
 


Change the Story

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Part of a national, evidence-based framework for provention of violence against women and families created by Our Watch with the backing of the Victorian government, this video gives a brief but powerful overview of the origins of domestic violence in gender inequality.


 

Change the Story


The Change the Story national framework is available from OurWatch.org.au and is a comprehensive exploration of the root causes of domestic violence as well as providing techniques that can be adapted and implemented in communities of any scale to change the story of domestic violence in Australia. The framework document is available here »


The Line


Tied to the Change the Story framework, The Line is a site for youth and young people aged 12 to 20 years. The Line has resources available for teachers, ministers, and other key influencers to have conversations about gender, gendered violence, and respectful relationships with young people. View the articles and resources here »


Relationships in Faith Communities


Developed by the Melbourne Anglican Diocese, the Promoting Equal and Respectful Relationships in Faith Communities Manual and Tool Kit is a framework written specifically for faith communities in Melbourne and can be adapted for use in any other community of faith. Download it here »


Promoting Peace in Families


Developed by the city of Casey, including input from Graeme Cann and the Berwick church, this resource can be adapted to be used in any location to promote healthy relationships between family members. Download it here »

 
If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and need help or support, please contact one of these support services. There are national and state-based agencies that can assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
 
24 hour, National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)

Lifeline has a national number who can help put you in contact with a crisis service in your state (24 hours): 131 114

Police or Ambulance in an emergency: 000

Mensline Australia Supports men and boys who are dealing with family and relationship difficulties: 1300 78 99 78

Kids Help Line telephone counselling for children and young people: 1800 551 800 or contact through kidshelp.com.au
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