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Stand against Domestic Violence

Violence against women is the leading cause of death, disability, and illness in Australian women aged 15-44 and has become a leading cause of homelessness in NSW. In 2018, 210,000 women in Australia will experience violence at the hands of an intimate partner. Many of those who attempt to leave the situation will find it overwhelming to set up a new life, especially with little or no support. Unfortunately some will return to an unsafe situation due to lack of support.

God calls us, as His Church, to show comfort and compassion to those in trouble. This includes women who have been victims of violence in the home. Pendle Hill Crisis Centre, in Western Sydney, and Platform Nine, in the Sutherland Shire, are Fresh Hope Engage Partners who offer practical, emotional, social and spiritual support to women leaving domestic violence and other unsafe situations. These programs not only offer a safe home, but also comfort, compassion, belonging and healing.

2 Corinthians 1:3  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Join two of Fresh Hope Engage’s Partners in offering compassion and comfort to those experiencing domestic violence. As you support these programs in prayer and financial assistance, please know you are facilitating compassion and comfort for the most vulnerable in our society.

Further Reading:

Fresh Hope Engage Information Sheet

Engage Resources – True and False Questions

Family and domestic violence support services:
•  NSW Domestic Violence Line – 1800 656 463
•  ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service – 02 6280 0900
For information, support and help for those experiencing domestic violence.
http://www.domesticviolence.nsw.gov.au
•  1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732
Confidential information, counselling and support service to support people
impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse
https://www.1800respect.org.au

•  Common Grace
Common Grace has launched “SAFER” – an online resource to help churches support and
prioritise victims of domestic violence, and know how to deal with perpetrators.
https://www.commongrace.org.au/domestic_violence
•  Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
This report explores the extent, impact and cost of family, domestic and sexual violence in
Australia, and looks at what could be done to fill important data gaps.
https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/domestic-violence/family-domestic-sexual-violence-inaustralia-2018/contents/table-of-contents
•  White Ribbon Australia
Understanding domestic violence, the prevalence and signs of an abusive relationship.
https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/understand-domestic-violence/what-is-domesticviolence/signs-abusive-relationship

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