Have you ever had concerns that a friend or a loved one might be experiencing domestic and family violence? Have you ever felt unsure as what to say or do to support that person? This video will give you some ideas about how to talk with your friend or loved one and tips to keep them and you safe and connect to supports. Helen Lockwood has a conversation with Angela Mayer, who has worked in the area of domestic and family violence for many years and has helped community members and professional counsellors to recognise domestic and family violence and respond appropriately.
You might also find this resource from the Safe and Together Institute helpful. It is an excellent guide to being an ally to someone experiencing domestic and family violence. Click here to download.
Training for pastors and pastoral workers has been held in all districts of the LCA from 2018 to 2020. It has covered an understanding of domestic violence and the impact on survivors, perpetrators and their children, particularly in the congregational context. It also focused on appropriate first responses, referrals and the role of the Christian community in support and care. Plans are underway for training to take place in New Zealand.
Training for smaller groups is being rolled out in zones in South Australia. In Queensland, we are working with Queensland Churches Together to provide training in regional Queensland.
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, face-to-face training has had to be postponed. We are now exploring online training and preparing videos for this website.
If you have questions about training, please contact Helen Lockwood at firstname.lastname@example.org.