Being an 'active bystander': gender-based violence requires an active community response.
Our Family & Domestic Violence Team came together in late 2015. Find out more about them here!
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The Domestic Violence Justice Campaign Team is led by Erica Hamence, Associate Minister at St Barnabas' Broadway. The team is made up of Natalie Williams, a senior policy advisor in the Department of Family and Community Services, Rachel Neary, Domestic Violence Educator at Alice Springs Women's Shelter, Cameron Smith, a doctoral researcher specialising in political economy, race and racism, and multiculturalism at Macquarie University, and Andy Abeyasekera, a ministry trainee at St. Barnabas Anglican Church Broadway. Read more below.
Erica is the Associate Minister focusing on discipleship and campus ministries at St Barnabas' Anglican Church, Broadway in Inner Sydney. She leads Common Grace's Family & Domestic Violence Team.
Rachel is a Domestic Violence Educator at Alice Springs Women's Shelter who comes from a background in international development, social work and activism. Rachel is also a mother of 3 and a member of John Flynn Memorial Church.
Natalie is a core member of the Common Grace domestic and family violence campaign team. She is committed to equipping Christians from a range of Church traditions to respond to the complex issue of family violence.
Professionally, Natalie is a senior policy advisor in the Department of Family and Community Services. Natalie has worked in law, advocacy, and public relations and previously ministered with Baptist agencies Global Interaction, Hopestreet and BaptistCare NSW.
Natalie is married to Ben and has two adorable step-children, Amos and Evie. They are part Newtown Mission - a diverse faith community Sydney’s inner-west who are passionate about following Jesus and living alongside the vulnerable and marginalised. She really hates the word “awesome”.
Cameron Smith is a doctoral researcher specialising in political economy, race and racism, and multiculturalism at Macquarie University, Sydney. His research often takes in issues of gender, and as such he is committed to working out this research practically in his teaching, advocacy and activism.
He lives in Sydney’s inner-west with his wife, Laura, and is a member of Saint Barnabas Anglican Church, Broadway.
Andy is a ministry trainee at St. Barnabas Anglican Church Broadway, where she works in young adult and women's ministry. She is passionate about exploring issues of gender, and hopes to help equip Christians to respond faithfully and radically to the issue of family violence.
Andy is studying Theology at Youthworks College, after completing a Bachelor of Political, Economic, and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. She currently lives in Sydney's inner-west, and is quite content to explore its cafes and graffiti-clad back-alleys for the rest of her life.