March 15, 2020

I have a voice but I can’t use it

I have a story but I can’t tell it

I have a testimony but I can’t share it

Have you ever felt silenced? 

Silenced by fear, silenced by insecurity, silenced by pain, silenced by society, silenced by the past. Maybe you feel like you are h...

March 1, 2020

Some survivors of domestic violence found the recent article from The Gospel Coalition (TGC) hard to read. After some discussion and reflection I realised that, to us, it reads as an outsider looking in, who assumes her audience is only made up of outsiders. It seems...

September 15, 2018

A friend of mine said to me the other day that she feels sad for Bathsheba, that her name is forever associated with adultery, while that’s not the first association that people make with David. He is king, hero and poet. It just didn’t seem fair to her.

Of course the d...

July 11, 2018

So many women* have suffered hurt and harm at the hands of an abusive husband only to be further shamed and damaged when they present to their church for help.

Talking with a victim about the trauma of their domestic abuse is the equivalent of undertaking interpersonal...

On May 22nd several hundred people gathered at North Sydney Independent Theatre (hosted by Northside Baptist Church) to think further about how the local church can respond to Domestic Violence. We were confronted by the heart-wrenching story shared by a victim-survivo...

I have two sons. One is 13, the other 11. We wanted to have at least one boy and one girl. But difficult births led to a decision to stop at two. And so, no girl. This has been a grief, though one tempered by delightful relationships with nieces and friends’ daughters....

Dear one,

God sees you. We see you. You are loved.

You’ve lived in hell. You’ve tried. You’ve cried. The rages, the blaming, the criticism, the threats, the hits. You lived through it all, and you did everything you could to make it better. You did everything to keep him...

February 7, 2018

Last year ABC news investigations by journalist Julia Baird revealed the disturbing extent of domestic violence within the Australian Christian church community and abuse perpetrated by clergy husbands. These confronting reports revealed something that is not often ack...

December 17, 2017

Since the ABC’s exposé of domestic violence within churches on the 7:30 program, I have watched with sadness, anger and dismay at the ensuing debate. I knew that when the program aired it would bring up a plethora of painful memories for many. I underestimated however,...

November 25, 2017

On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, this article is dedicated to:

- All women and girls who experience violence and oppression

- All the women and men working to end discrimination and violence against women

- All the women and men who rela...

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