This setting includes places, networks and associations that are brought together on the basis of faith, religion or belief.
Why this setting?
- Faith leaders can play a key role in directly shaping respectful, non-violent attitudes and practices within the members of their faith group.
- Support individuals to act if they witness sexism or discrimination.
- Support and train faith leaders to understand and address the drivers of violence against women.
Things you can do
- Ensure prevention work reflects the needs of the community by involving all leaders and members of the faith.
- Support faith communities to address the drivers of violence against women by drawing on existing beliefs and practices within their faith community that support respectful, healthy relationships.
- Mobilise networks across the community to reinforce key messages about gender equality and prevention of violence.
Resources for faith-based contexts
A resource to help faith leaders understand the issue of violence against women
Challenge Family Violence was a three-year primary prevention project across three local government areas in the outer suburbs of Melbourne. It involved direct participation programs with male community leaders and with male and female faith leaders.
An initiative that supports faith leaders to prevent violence against women
An initiative of the Diocese of Melbourne to support and equip church leaders and communities to respond to and help to prevent violence against women.