An initiative of the Diocese of Melbourne to equip churches in their efforts to prevent violence against women

The Preventing Violence Against Women Program has been established in order to support and equip the leaders and church communities of our Diocese to address the issue of violence against women. The Program is run in partnership with Anglicare Victoria, the Brotherhood of St Laurence, and Lifeworks. The Program Manager is Robyn Boosey and the chair of the Program’s Committee of Management is Bishop Genieve Blackwell.
We believe that:
•  All people are created in the image of God,
•  All are precious, equally loved, and that
•  All should have the opportunity to thrive according to their God-given potential.

Yet too many people – especially women and their children – are denied this opportunity because of the impact of violence.

Violence against women is a widespread and serious issue in Australia. One in five women have experienced at least one incident of sexual violence.1  One in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by a man they know. One in four women has experienced emotional abuse by a partner.3  This violence has deep and long-lasting impacts for those who experience it. Such violence is in stark contrast to the abundant life that God intends for us in Christ.
As Christians, and together as the Church, we are compelled by Christ’s love to challenge the attitudes, behaviours and structures that underpin violence and to work towards a future in which women and girls can live lives free from violence and free from the fear of violence.
Realising our vision will depend on all of us working together, with God’s help, to play our part. As such, the activities of the Program reflect a whole-of-Church approach to preventing violence against women. They include:
•  Providing training and mentoring for church leaders,
•  Developing resources and tools for church communities,
•  Developing best practice policy and governance procedures, and
•  Connecting churches with specialist and local service providers.

Find out how you can get involved below!

Ways to take action

1.Attend a training day (active clergy and lay leaders)

With the right knowledge and skills, church leaders can play an important and influential role in preventing violence against women and supporting people who experience family violence. The Program’s specialised one-day training program has been designed to equip church leaders for this task.
For more information and to register:
Tuesday 16 July
St John's Anglican Church,
269 Roslyn Road, Highton,
VIC 3216
9am – 5pm
Sign up here.
Friday 19 July - Fully Booked
Holy Trinity Anglican Church,
106 Church Road, Doncaster, VIC 3108
9am – 5pm
Sign up here.
Saturday 10 August- Fully Booked
Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, 209 Flinders lane, Melbourne
9am – 5pm
Sign up here.
Saturday 7 September
St. David's Anglican Church
4 Redholme Street, Moorabbin, VIC 3189
9am – 5pm
Sign up here.
Saturday 5 October
St John's Diamond Creek
61 Main Street, Diamond Creek, VIC 3089
9am – 5pm
Sign up here.
Saturday 9 November
St Michael's Anglican Church,
14 McIlwraith Street, North Carlton, VIC 3054
9am – 5pm
Sign up here.

2.Take part in the Whole Church Project.

The Anglican Diocese of Melbourne has been selected by the Victorian Government’s Department of Premier and Cabinet to project a Preventing Violence Against Women project with five Anglican churches in the Diocese. Applications are now open for churches to apply to be part of this initiative.

This Anglican project will develop and trial a whole-of-Church approach to violence prevention with a small group of churches. Churches involved will be encouraged to reflect on different areas of their parish life and on how to implement changes to address attitudes and behaviours that make violence against women less likely. As they work through this process, churches will be supported with training, resources, mentoring, coaching, and a peer support network.
If your church would like to express its interest in taking part, please complete the registration form and email it to the Preventing Violence Against Women Program Manager, Robyn Boosey, ( by 22 July 2019.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms Boosey via the email above.
1 Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2016). Personal Safety, Australia, 2016, ABS cat. no. 4906.0. Canberra: ABS.
2 Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2017). Personal safety, Australia, 2016. Canberra, ACT: Author, available online:
3 Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2016). Personal Safety, Australia, 2016, ABS cat. no. 4906.0. Canberra: ABS.

 Where to get help


​If you would like to speak to someone about family violence or sexual assault, you can phone 1800 RESPECT- 1800 737 732 (National sexual assault, domestic family violence counselling service. 24/7 telephone and online advice and counselling service).

If you are in immediate danger, please call for the police or an ambulance on 000. 


 Read more about the program


Violence against women extends to local churches, Synod preacher says. Shocking stories and statistics - as well as a way forward for local churches.

Faith leaders can be game-changers on gender violence. TMA speaks with the diocese's new Prevention of Violence Against Women program manager.


 Whole Church infosheet and form for churches


 To find out more about the program


Robyn Boosey
Preventing Violence Against Women Program  Manager