Faith communities supporting healthy family relationships
Faith communities play an important role in many Victorians’ lives. Faith leaders provide guidance and support to member of their communities, and many provide invaluable support to women experiencing violence. However, faith communities may present barriers to women seeking help and all evidence suggests that the prevalence of violence against women in faith communities is at least as high as in the general community. The Faith Communities Supporting Healthy Family Relationships project aimed to generate evidence about effective strategies for building the capacity of faith leaders to prevent and respond to family violence and violence against women in faith communities. The project was developed in partnership with the Multifaith Advisory Group to the Victorian Multicultural Commission, the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, and collaborating faith communities.
Dr Lila Moosad
Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, Buddhist Council of Victoria, Faith Communities’ Council of Victoria, Victorian Sikh Gurdwara Council, and the Uniting Church of Victoria and Tasmania.
Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet
Link to MCWH page (which will give access to their video and simplified tip sheet based on evidence guide):
Vaughan, C., & Sullivan, C. (2019). Technical Paper: Faith communities supporting healthy family relationships: A Participatory Action Research project with the Multifaith Advisory Group. University of Melbourne.
Vaughan, C., Sullivan, C., Chen, J., & Vaid Sandhu, M. (2020). What works to address violence against women and family violence within faith settings: An evidence guide. University of Melbourne.
Key Lessons Report:
Davis, E., Vaughan, C., Moosad, L. & Sullivan, C. (2021). Key Lessons from Faith Communities Supporting Healthy Relationships: A Participatory Action Research Project with the Multifaith Advisory Group. Melbourne, VIC: University of Melbourne.
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Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care
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