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
Tolling the bell 42 times at the ecumenical ‘Holding the Light’ service today to pay tribute to the women who were murdered by someone known to them between Jan-Nov 26, 2017 in Australia
Dr Ree Boddé’s address was delivered to 200 plus delegates at the Bendigo Interfaith Conference, Nov 12, 2017 https://thinkpreventblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/23176478_713370695524479_7263019001544966144_n.mp4
We talk endlessly about violence against women. We respond to it with speeches, grand events, campaigns, slogans, expensive action plans, policies, committees, meetings. But we seem to have forgotten that a plan is not action. An event is not a result. A slogan is not an outcome. Talking is not doing. Policies do not mean implementation. An … More Action Speaks Louder Than Words
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
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
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
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!