Whole of Church approach to Domestic Violence: Catholic Social Services Victoria launch pilot program report

24 November 2023 by

Victorian Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, Ms Vicki Ward MP, pictured above, has shown her support for the work conducted by Catholic Social Services Victoria (CSSV) and the Catholic Diocese of Sale in helping to educate, inform and equip parish communities to address domestic and family violence.

Together with Bishop Greg Bennet of the Diocese of Sale, Minister Ward launched the report, Shining a Light: A collaborative project working to build capacity for a whole-of-Church response to domestic and family violence last Friday in Warragul.

The report outlines the findings of a pilot program, ‘Shining a Light’, which took place between March and July last year in the Catholic Diocese of Sale, in partnership with Catholic Social Services Victoria, the peak body for Catholic social and community service organisations across the state, and Sr Nicole Rotaru, a Mercy Sister, social worker and counsellor with many years’ experience of working with victims and survivors of family and domestic violence, including children.

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