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Seasons Greetings,

Have you ever encountered a situation where you should have intervened and didn't and felt instant regret?  You're not the only one. The GOOD NEWS is there's an opportunity to turn bystander behaviour around. Our Active Bystander workshops offer skill-building opportunities - helping you intervene safely and effectively when encountering sexual harassment, discrimination, abuse and violence.   

Over the last month Karen leadership of St Andrew's, Corio and St Thomas', Werribee and South Sudanese leadership of St John's, Footscray, have taken up a chance to gain practical skills and make a change. 

A good turn out of Anglican Clergy in the Nov. 25 White Ribbon, Walk against Family Violence. Rev Emily Payne, Rev Peter Carolane, Rev Dr Hugh Kempster and Dr Ree Boddé with members of the Salvation Army, joined a 1000 plus in Federation Square, to pay tribute to the 79 women killed by their partner or ex-partner this year alone and, to signal our solidarity to stand against violence toward women and children.     

15 senior representatives from Victoria’s diverse faith communities (including various Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist and Baha'i communities) were treated to a 45 minute workshop. Afterwards, Elizabeth Blades-Hamilton had this to say ' . . . it has great potential to change attitudes and enable greater understanding not just of the issues but of people's ability to intervene through very accessible strategies.' The Victorian Council of Churches are exploring how this approach might be rolled out across selected faith settings in 2016.         

Reminder of event coming up: 
  • Dec 13 - St Thomas' Anglican Church, Werribee, service  - Dr Ree Boddé will  join the Sunday congregation to talk to them about their role in the prevention of gender violence and abuse. 

   Prevention resources
  • Liturgy: Prayers for an end to violence against women. Link here 
  • New video: Children see, children do. View video here
  • Article: Former Police Commissioner says 'its not enough to consider ourselves good men because we don't bash women.' Read the full article here
  • Blog: What does terrorism and family violence have in common? Read blog here   
  • Crisis and emergency contacts. Link here
  • Information sheet: Responding to disclosures. Link here
  • To book Think Prevent for workshops, presentations or a consultation to look at how you might promote violence prevention in your community complete this on-line form by linking here

If you would like to show case the violence prevention work of your community email your information to
Think Prevent is edited by Rosemary McCoy and Jill Graham; information is issued by Kempster Consultants. The inclusion of information about events, links, and reports within the e-Newsletter is not necessarily endorsed or supported by the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, the Brotherhood of St Laurence or Anglicare Victoria.

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