WOMEN

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.

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.

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

000

CRIMESTOPPERS

1800 333 000

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGAL ADVICE LINE

1800 810 784

Homes of Peace

Transitional housing and support for women and their children leaving domestic and family violence.

Hillsong CityCare’s Homes of Peace is a transitional housing program for women and their children leaving domestic and family violence.  The program provides housing and individualised case management to support families re-establish their lives and set them up for a successful future.

On average, families stay in the program between six to nine months.  During this time, the family works closely with their Homes of Peace case worker to develop their own short-term and longer-term goals.  These goals aim to set them up for a successful, independent future.  Some of the goals families set for themselves include seeking employment, further education, training, accessing mental health services, obtaining a driver’s licence and creating healthy social networks.

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.

After a family has exited from Homes of Peace, three months aftercare support is provided to ensure the family feels confident and settled in their new residence.

Homes of Peace is meeting a real need in our community by empowering women and their children to successfully navigate this tumultuous period in their lives.