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Before It Starts teaches biblical truths about healthy and respectful relationships.

The four week program, which includes survivor’s stories, Bible studies, games and leaders notes, aims to facilitate conversations within youth groups. The primary focus is on prevention and covers topics including identity, love, power, romance and friendship. Domestic violence has always been a serious issue, with one in four women and one in 13 men experiencing abuse by an intimate partner. Anglicare’s Community Service team and Anglicare’s youth initiative, Take Love, partnered with Youthworks to create “Before It Starts”, hoping to positively shape the next generation.

aims to educate young people from the Bible about respectful relationships.

ABUSE COMES IN ALL FORMS C o nt rolli n g and ab u s i ve behaviours are displayed in many different ways. For Harry*, the violent outbursts he experienced growing up meant that the best part of his day was when his Dad wasn’t home. “When [Dad] was angry,” Harry explained, “he would hit Mum, PROTECTION AND CARE FOR EVERYONE

We are committed to strengthening our culture of ‘safe ministry’ through education and professional development of our clergy and lay people, as we seek to maintain the standards of Christian ministry which are grounded in the teaching of the Bible. The Professional Standards Unit receives and deals with complaints of child abuse or sexual misconduct by members of the clergy and church workers. A Pastoral Care and Assistance Scheme is available to provide counselling and other support to victims of misconduct or abuse. The Safe Ministry Board formulates and monitors policy and practice and advises on child protection and safe ministry for the Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney.

 Abuse Report Line 1800 774 945 SouthernCross 

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push her into the cabinets, tell her that she was a worthless mother and that we were the proof.” The family only went out together once a week to go to church. For Rani*, her boyfriend initially seemed sociable and extroverted. It didn’t take long for his anger to show, and he used coercive and spiritually controlling behaviour to exert power over her. This escalated until she found herself fearfully huddling with her aunt one night while he waited outside, refusing to leave and kicking the fence, until her uncle phoned the police.

respectful, healthy relationship looks like, and what some of the red flags of unsafe, abusive relationships are.” The program comes at a time of national reckoning in Australia. Questions of sexual assault and domestic violence are being discussed across the country as well as discussions concerned with the sexual assult expereinced by young women. Rev Mike Dicker, Dean of Students at Youthworks College, longs for teenagers to understand God’s design for relationships and reject the evils of abuse. “We really hope this program will LONG TERM CHANGE shape the hearts and behaviours IS NEEDED of our young people to follow the “We know to make long term gracious and loving behaviour of change in the incidence of the Lord Jesus. domestic abuse we need to also “Wherever the gospel is address underlying beliefs and proclaimed, we long to see attitudes that allow it to flourish,” it lived out in safe and equal says Lynda Dunstan, Anglicare’s relationships that shine as a light Family and Domestic Violence in the darkness and injustice of Advisor. our world.”SC “One area to specifically start * These survivor’s stories are included to do that is conversations with in the Before it Starts program. young people about what a Survivor’s names have been changed.

Head of Foster Care, Adoptions and Family Support Based at Telopea, reporting to the General Manager Community Services, this exciting role will lead and direct the Foster Care, Adoptions, Restoration and Family Support across the Sydney metropolitan area, NSW South Coast and Northern Inland region. An important aspect of this role will be supporting our stakeholder relationships with churches, government, and the sector in order to build community commitment to high quality, results focussed family support, fostering and adoption services. Ideally you will possess post-graduate qualifications and, in line with our organisation’s mission, vision and values, an evangelical and active Christian professional. If you are looking for a fulfilling career opportunity where you can share the love of Jesus and make a genuine difference in the lives of the community – we’d love to hear from you!

To find out more please contact: The Recruitment Team on 02 9421 5344 / jobs@anglicare.org.au 5

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Southern Cross MAY 2021  

The news magazine for Sydney Anglicans

Southern Cross MAY 2021  

The news magazine for Sydney Anglicans

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