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What is Domestic and Family Violence (DFV)?

Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) is a pattern of abusive behaviour in an intimate relationship or other type of family relationship, past or present, where one person assumes a position of power over another and causes fear.

These can be physical, emotional, psychological, financial and sexual abuse.

As a community we need to become more alert and aware of the signs of violence around us.  We are currently looking at ways to equip you with information and tools to do so.

Register your interest to be equipped to recognise and respond to Domestic & Family Violence.

What the numbers say in Australia about DFV

  • In Australia, both women and men experience substantial levels of violence
  • 1 in 6 women experienced physical or sexual violence
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men experienced emotional abuse

    (source: 2012 ABS Personal Safety Survey)

Creating awareness and support for DFV

  • Bullying and controlling behaviour and violence on any person is NEVER acceptable.
  • We believe every person is valuable, worthy of respect and has the right to be and feel safe.
  • Please do not ignore this issue if you become aware of it because of fear of not knowing how to respond effectively. We encourage you to seek professional intervention.
  • DFV is everyone’s business and we should all take personal responsibility.

How do I help someone affected by DFV or seek help if I am struggling with these behaviours?

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger call 000 or if you are in need of immediate support contact 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732.

Below are list of support services that you can access externally if you know someone or are being impacted personally by DFV. There is always hope and people can change if they take the right measures to seek help.



For any person in immediate danger, or in an emergency call 000
For international support services, please look up services in your country




1800 333 000


1800 810 784

Hillsong Church Response to
Domestic and Family Violence

We believe every person is worthy of respect and has the right to be safe and free from violence.

We will achieve this by raising awareness, equipping and empowering our community whilst supporting individuals and families impacted by DFV.

We aim to ensure our church community is trained and resourced to provide an informed, sensitive and effective response to individuals and families experiencing Domestic and Family Violence. At this stage, we will outwork this through three specific strategies:

1. Raising Awareness:

  • Using our influence to promote healthy, safe and respectful relationships within our church community.
  • Create awareness and understanding of DFV including the promotion of respectful relationships and that ‘coercive control & violence are never acceptable’ (‘Not Now, Not Ever’ Report, Qld Government Taskforce, 2014).
  • Continuing to explore the potential for partnering with other organisations in the delivery of prevention-based education and awareness.

2. Equipping our Team:

  • Clearly promoting the understanding that, as individuals, ‘we all have a responsibility’.
  • Providing our pastors, staff, and volunteers with appropriate response and support strategies to effectively support people impacted by DFV.
  • Continuing to provide & participate in up-to-date training & support.
  • Collaborating with other DFV support services including those in the Not For Profit sector and Government.

3. Providing Support:

  • Engaging with, responding to and supporting those impacted by DFV, based on individual needs and available resources and services, including streamline referral pathways.
  • Providing pastoral support through our staff, in particular our Pastoral Team, guided by clear policies, training and, again, streamlined referral pathways to other support services.
  • Continuing to build key relationships with appropriate services and partners at a local level so that individuals experiencing DFV are appropriately supported and referred to services that are most accessible to them.

The String Movement

The String Movement believes in disarming the power of bullying in order that those that have participated in bullying, and those affected can experience freedom. The power of bullying holds people in a position where they feel trapped, chained and unable to escape. We at The String Movement believe in working with young people at a grass roots level in order to empower them as individuals to see change in their own lives and the lives of the people in their community.

“There are three things in human life that are important the first is to Be Kind, the second is to Be Kind and the third is to Be Kind.”

The String Movement believes that both the ‘bully’ and the person experiencing the effects of ‘bullying’ are on the same playing field and it is our mission to join with them both in seeing the issue resolved. At the crux of it, the person or bullies are not the issue, bullying is. We need to come to a strong understanding of the root cause of bullying before placing judgement on either side of the table. Kindness brings people together in unity and has the power to break the ploys of bullying greater than any other resolution found in the books.

We choose to “disarm” the power of bullying with kindness as bullying in its purest form has a power to it, to tear down, dis-encourage, isolate and devalue. Kindness does the exact opposite of these things because kindness places value on another, encourages friendship and lasting relationships that are built around healthy values and build confidence into others.

Young people have a right to be heard and can bring valuable contribution to key issues in society. At The String Movement as more young people join the movement they add their voice to a cause and are empowered to collaborate with all facets of our communities worldwide. We hope to raise up a generation that will see an end to bullying and the start of a movement of kindness.

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Jason McDonald, Teacher in Charge of Student Representative Council (SRC) and Instrument Program, St John Paul II Catholic College

An anti-bullying movement, such as the String Movement is an important and effective student centered approach to combating bullying in schools across Australia. The “movement” builds resilience, social justice and leadership capacity, as it empowers students to take a stand against bullying in all its forms. The String Movement provides a visual cue to remind bystanders and bullies alike that they are crossing a line, in the unifying approach of tying a string around your wrist.

At St John Paul II Catholic College there are many students who are passionate about leading the fight against bullying and constantly promote joining the String Movement to hopefully one day, eradicate bullying from everyday lives forever. The mentality is that if one less person is bullying at our school, that in turn positively impacts the lives of many students who are faced with the anxiety, stress and shame of constant ridicule inside and outside of school.


Katie Schrack, Christian Education Coordinator, Castle Hill High School

I have been working in public high schools as a Chaplain/Christian Youth Worker for the last three years. Programs such as the String Movement have brought a positive message of respect, value, and ethical behaviour, … greatly influenced a healthier learning environment and atmosphere. While majority of schools have different approaches to build safe schools, I believe the String Movement not only brings motivation but a more achievable and practical approach for students to be involved and practice what is taught. 

There has always been great feedback from students and staff, which will continue to bring unity and forward growth as we develop and care for our young people and their futures.


Ashley Mays, The String Movement National Program Coordinator

As a young person I experienced the loneliness and isolation associated with bullying. From the age of 12 I was bullied and school did not feel safe and this is still a sad reality for many young people. Current statistics state that over 160,000 young people within Australia stay home from school each day due to bullying. I know that my experience would have looked different if I had the opportunity to be a part of a community that empowered and encouraged me with practical tools to make a difference.

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