The LCANZ is seeking to gain knowledge on ways in which religious beliefs and practices are used by some men to perpetrate domestic violence.

The research, commissioned by the church’s Campaign for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence task force, involves interviewing pastors about their understanding of domestic violence and experiences supporting men who have used violence. It also involves interviewing men who have previously used violence to understand their recovery journey and Christian beliefs.

The project is now recruiting participants. The research team would like to hear from pastors willing to share their knowledge and experiences. The researchers will also invite pastors to ask men they have supported who are no longer using violence if they are interested in participating.

Research outcomes will support developing more effective policies and practices inside and outside of religious settings to prevent domestic violence. The research is led by Professor Sarah Wendt at South Australia’s Flinders University, in partnership with Professor Wendy Mayer at Australian Lutheran College (ALC).

For more information, contact Professor Wendt at or on 08 8201 3978.

Phone 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or MensLine (1300 789 978) for free, 24-hour domestic violence counselling.

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