Faith Communities Supporting Healthy Family Relationships

During COVID-19, family violence reports have risen significantly across the world. On average 1 woman a week is killed and many more are suffering daily violence and abuse. Research shows that women will talk to their faith or spiritual leaders about family violence before, or instead of, going to a family violence service.

The Buddhist Council of Victoria (BCV) is working with the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division (MASC) to deliver a pilot project to build the capacity of Buddhist faith community and leaders to effectively prevent and respond to family violence.

The BCV, The University of Melbourne and the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health are partnering with the Victorian Government to support the program design and evaluation. The BCV and the Deakin University intends to Co-author an academic article arising from the project. For more information about the project visit the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health website.

If you have any questions or comments about this project, please get in touch with Jessica at, she would love to hear from you!