Welcome to FCCV

Established in 2010, the Faith Communities Council of Victoria (FCCV) is Victoria’s umbrella multifaith body. It is the successor to the Leaders of Faith Communities Forum, founded in 1995.

FCCV was created to contribute to the harmony of the Victorian community by promoting positive relations between people of different faiths and greater public knowledge and mutual understanding of the teachings, customs and practices of Victoria's diverse faith traditions.

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Faith and faith-based communities play an integral role in many people’s lives. Faith leaders provide a source of social, moral and ethical guidance and support for their community
members, and may provide invaluable support to women experiencing violence and their families. Faith settings are also an important environment where social networks and
social norms are formed. Such networks and norms have the potential to protect against violence against women and family violence and foster relationships based on equality and respect. However, faith leaders and faith-based communities may also promote norms and relationships that drive or condone the use of violence. Faith settings are therefore an important context in which we can target activities to prevent violence against women and family violence.

 

 

 

More than half of Victoria’s population report an affiliation with a faith. Though the majority adhere to Christianity, Victoria has the highest proportion of adherents to religions other than Christianity in Australia (ABS, 2017). Victoria also has the highest proportion of residents born overseas of any Australian state; the Australian Bureau of Statistics notes that people born overseas are more likely to report practising a faith than the Australian-born population (ABS, 2017).

This evidence guide outlines the best evidence available regarding the causes and contributors to violence against women and family violence in faith settings and the role faith leaders and faith communities can play in responding to and preventing such violence. The guide also outlines areas where evidence in this area is lacking and where more research and exploration is necessary to know what works in different contexts. In the final section, we have produced principles and recommendations based on a synthesis of the available evidence, which can be used to guide future work to address violence against women and family violence in faith settings. To achieve transformative change through evidence-based action, faith-based leaders, organisations and communities need long-term commitment and support.

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