Faith in action
SAFER is a brand new online resource produced to help churches support and prioritise victims of domestic and family violence, and know how to deal with perpetrators.Read more
Our Family & Domestic Violence Team came together in late 2015. Find out more about them here!
The Domestic Violence Justice Campaign Team is made up of Erica Hamence, Associate Minister at St Barnabas' Broadway, Natalie Williams, a senior policy advisor with the NSW Government, Rachel Neary, Domestic Violence Educator at Alice Springs Women's Shelter, and Andy Abeyasekera, a ministry trainee at St. Swithun's Anglican Church Pymble. Read more below.
Erica is the Associate Minister focusing on discipleship and campus ministries at St Barnabas' Anglican Church, Broadway in Inner Sydney where she oversees discipleship and campus ministries. Erica also 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 three and a member of the John Flynn Memorial Church.
Natalie is a social policy advisor with a professional background in law, advocacy, and public relations. Ministry-wise she previously worked with Baptist agencies Global Interaction, Hopestreet and BaptistCare NSW.
Natalie is married to Ben, is mother to baby Maxine and step-mother to Amos and Evie. She lives in Sydney’s inner west and is part of Newtown Mission - a diverse faith community passionate about following Jesus and living alongside the vulnerable and marginalised. She really hates the word “awesome”.
Andy is a ministry trainee at St. Swithun's Anglican Church Pymble, 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.
Erica Hamence identifies 10 things that will need to change for Christian communities to be safer places.
Facing the depth of the church’s problem with Domestic & Family Violence isn’t a quick-fix positive story
Erin Martine Sessions, from our Domestic & Family Violence team, reports on progress being made in the prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.
Erin Martine Sessions, our new Domestic Violence Team Lead, writes about equipping Christian Leaders to prevent and respond to domestic and family violence.