‘Questions Women Ask About Domestic Violence and Christian Beliefs’: revised booklet now available
Since 1991 the Joint Churches Domestic Violence Prevention Project (JCDVPP), a commission of Queensland Churches Together, has been responding to a recognition that Domestic and Family violence is just as prevalent in the Church community as in the community at large.
This booklet was originally published in 2010 and is primarily a resource for victims or survivors of domestic and family violence. It has proved to be very helpful both to women who are practicing Christians and to women who are not members of church communities. It has also been a useful resource for clergy and pastoral carers who support appropriately the victims of abuse in their congregations.
The booklet, in this edition, has been revised to reflect the changes in theology and language that churches have been engaged in over the past six years. It discusses what are believed to be the key questions that women of faith wrestle with as they attempt to make sense of what is happening to them in an abusive relationship, and to make decisions about the kind of future they want for themselves and their children. The questions are those that members of JCDVPP have heard and been asked by victims with whom they have worked.
Thanks go to the members of the Joint Churches Domestic Violence Project who have carefully revised this resource especially Rev Susan Pickering, Mrs Trish McGrath and Mrs Lorraine Stafford. We also thank Ms Jela Virzi, Administration Officer, Queensland Churches Together for coordinating the process of getting the booklet published.
The Reverend Canon Richard Tutin
General Secretary Queensland Churches Together