Preventing violence in our community takes on greater urgency following the release of the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics on crime, a Melbourne Anglican leader said last week.
Bishop Philip Huggins, Chair of the Diocese of Melbourne’s Social Responsibilities Committee, said figures released yesterday showed assaults up 17% in Victoria during 2012, with reported domestic violence crimes up 39.7%.
“These are shocking figures,” Bishop Huggins said. “Beneath them are terrible stories of families destroyed, children terrorised, women abused.
“Societies can reach a tipping point where the level of violence is truly out of control. It then takes enormous collective will and inspired leadership to stop the violence.
“We are reaching that point.”
Bishop Huggins said the Anglican Church, in partnership with others, had a strategy for the Prevention of Violence against Women.
“Fittingly, the Report on the first stage of this work will be released next week on Thursday 7 March, the eve of International Women’s Day.
“It is one step in a better direction, honouring Jesus’ call in the Sermon on the Mount, that we be peacemakers as true children of God.”
Bishop Philip Huggins
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