Media Release

8 February 2016

Confronting Family Violence

The level of family violence in Australia is a cause for national shame.Our increasing awareness of the impact on women and children calls on all parts of the community to do whatever they can to end this stain on national life.

On 24 February, a public forum at the Australian Catholic University (ACU), Melbourne, will explore how the Catholic Church, through its parishes and organisations, can play a significant role in combating family violence.

The Forum will explore key issues in the prevention of family violence, and how the church can contribute to this cultural change.

A panel of experts including Paul Linossier, former CEO of Our Watch, and Charlie King, Northern Territory Broadcaster and Our Watch Board Member, will consider how church personnel and parishioners can become aware of the issues and respond appropriately to victims and offenders.

Jocelyn Bignold, CEO of McAuley Community Services for Women, will Chair the Forum. “Already this year, four women have died as a result of family violence. Ending violence is everyone’s responsibility. None of us can afford to stand on the sidelines any longer. We know the issues, we have solutions, and we need to work together to make them happen,”,Ms Bignold said.

“This forum is timely. It comes before the Royal Commission into Family Violence in Victoria delivers its recommendations. It forces us to think about what we as individuals and the Church can and should be doing.”

  • Wednesday 24 February, 6.00 – 8.00pm
  • Brazill Lecture Theatre, Australian Catholic University, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy

The Public Forum is part of a broader Catholic Social Services Conference:REVIEW, REIMAGINE, RENEW: Mission making a difference in a changing world, held in Melbourne 24-26 February 2016.

Media enquiries - Denis Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Catholic Social Services Victoria, Tel 0418 136 372