Response to the issue of churches and Domestic Violence

Russell Powell

Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney

Media Statement March 13th, 2015

Domestic violence and churches

(response to SMH and ABC)

There is no biblical justification, in any circumstance, for domestic violence.The classic Christian understanding of a husband’s loving, sacrificial, servant-like leadership leaves absolutely no room for violence or fear.

We would be very open to participating in a cross-denominational survey of domestic violence issues, benchmarked with society in general. Whether or not such a survey is conducted, we will continue to speak out against domestic violence through education, training and advocacy.

I also encourage our ministers to explore this issue further with their congregations, making them more aware of the problem and the necessity of properly dealing with specific cases where-ever they may be found.

Archbishop Glenn N Davies,

March 13, 2015

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