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.
Hillsong’s Response to Domestic and Family Violence
At Hillsong, we believe every person is worthy of respect and has the right to be safe and live free from coercive control and violence.
The three key ways in which we respond to DFV are:
Raise Awareness: ensure our church and the communities we are involved with are informed, sensitive and understanding of this issue.
Support: engage, take action and practically support those impacted by DFV.
Equip: ensure our pastors, staff and volunteers are trained and resourced to provide informed, sensitive, and effective responses to individuals and families impacted by DFV.
Excerpt from Hillsong Church Australia 2016 Annual Report. Click here to view full report.
Homes of Peace
Hillsong CityCare’s Homes of Peace is a domestic and family violence transitional support program that provides housing and individualised case management support to assist people during the transitional stage after experiencing domestic and family violence. The aim of the program is to ensure families leaving domestic violence are supported to re-establish their lives and help set them up for a successful future.
Homes of Peace partners with many community organisations and domestic violence refuges to provide the best holistic care to families. All referrals into Homes of Peace are received through domestic violence refuges. Homes of Peace provide case management support to the families for the duration of their program involvement. The duration of their stay within the housing is usually between 3-6 months. As permanent housing is difficult to attain, this time is determined on an individual basis. After a family has exited from Homes of Peace, three months aftercare support is provided.
What the numbers say in Australia about DFV
(source: 2012 ABS Personal Safety Survey)
Creating awareness and support for DFV
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.
DOMESTIC & FAMILY VIOLENCE
AUSTRALIA WIDE SUPPORT SERVICES
For any person in immediate danger, or in an emergency call 000
For international support services, please look up services in your country
POLICE OR AMBULANCE
1800 333 000
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGAL ADVICE LINE
1800 810 784