Religious leaders come together to discuss domestic and family violence

18 Jul 2017

Religious leaders from across the state will today join Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward to discuss how they can work with their communities to tackle domestic and family violence.

The inaugural Interfaith Roundtable will be held this morning at Parliament House to consider the important role religious leaders can play in reducing violence in the home, and helping to create safer communities.

NSW State Coroner Michael Barnes will also attend the Interfaith Roundtable, which was a recommendation of the NSW Domestic Violence Death Review Team.

“We will be seeking the views of faith leaders as to what role they feel they can play in the identification, prevention and response to domestic and family violence,” Ms Goward said.

“The NSW Government is leading the nation in tackling domestic and family violence, but addressing this scourge in our community is not something we can do alone.
“Religious leaders are often the pillar of their community and are uniquely placed to identify, respond to, and ultimately prevent instances of domestic and family violence.”

The Roundtable is part of the State Government’s ongoing commitment to eliminate domestic and family violence as outlined in the Domestic and Family Violence Blueprint for Reform 2016-2021.

For more information on the Blueprint, please visit: http://www.domesticviolence.nsw.gov.au/publications/blueprint