A national study is underway into family violence, with Anglicans across the country being asked to participate. This is the first national research into family violence within faith communities.

Announced last year, the research has just begun utilising NCLS Research, which has established a confidential survey site for those who have current or previous connections with Anglican churches. 

“It’s really important that we hear from those who have experienced domestic violence and are connected with our churches in the Sydney Diocese,” said Canon Sandy Grant, a member of General Synod’s Family Violence Working Group. “That's because we want to know concrete examples of when we’ve done well and also how we can improve when we’ve failed in our care for victims in our midst who are precious to God.” Canon Grant says the survey has proper ethics approval and he is encouraging people to participate. 

Archbishop Glenn Davies believes it could be an important step forward in tackling the issue of family violence.

“Domestic abuse, in its physical manifestation of violence or in its psychological manifestation of spiritual or emotional manipulation, should never be tolerated and is especially alarming when it occurs in Christian families. Our own Domestic Violence Taskforce has done significant work in this area and more information may help in bringing this problem further into the open.” 

More information here.