The Bystander Dilemma – How Legislation Can Help Bad Samaritans become Good

You notice that a female worker is being sexually harassed by her manager who makes suggestive comments and unwelcome sexual advances. You must decide to either help or ignore the situation. We’d all like to think that when we see something bad happening – a person being sexually harassed, for example, that we’d step forward … More The Bystander Dilemma – How Legislation Can Help Bad Samaritans become Good

Murder, forgiveness and the problem with cheap grace 

A young man is arrested, charged, pleads guilty and convicted of killing his wife. Faith leaders at the funeral of this young woman strongly urge family members and the congregation to ‘forgive’ the perpetrator. But should we forgive the perpetrator unconditionally? Should the act be forgiven and forgotten? For the victims family, is it their duty to forgive as … More Murder, forgiveness and the problem with cheap grace 

Anglicans step up domestic violence training for clergy

By Em Timmins Just five short years ago, it was incredibly rare to see anything in the news about domestic violence. It’s a relief to hear also gender inequality acknowledged at the highest levels within faith organisations, such as the Anglican Church, as a cause and a consequence of violence against women. I asked Dr … More Anglicans step up domestic violence training for clergy

Faith Communities urged to take advantage of Bystander Intervention Workshops 

Rev’d Ian Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Council of Churches and board member of the Faith Communities Council of Victoria Inc. says “there will come a time when you are faced with a situation in which you can intervene and help stop a potentially dangerous situation – stopping a drunk woman from  being led away by a sober stranger, eliminating … More Faith Communities urged to take advantage of Bystander Intervention Workshops 

Domestic and sexual violence not gender neutral – wake up!

When it comes to evidence about violence against women, it amazes me how people make a bad habit of rejecting the ‘gender’ part to fit their own beliefs. Although there is no single cause, evidence shows certain factors consistently predict higher levels of violence against women. Along with stereotypical gender roles, relations and identities, these factors include disrespect for women, … More Domestic and sexual violence not gender neutral – wake up!