Family Violence


The Family Violence Working Group was established by the Standing Committee of General Synod at its meeting in December 2017 in response to Resolution 50/17 passed at the Seventeenth Session of the General Synod:

Terms of Reference

The role of the Family Violence Woking Group is to:

a)    investigate a professionally designed, independent research study into the nature and prevalence of family violence within the Australian Anglican Church population

b)    establish the nature and extent of current Family Violence policies, pastoral care frameworks and training modules across Dioceses.

c)    develop a “best practice” model policy and pastoral care framework for responding well to situations involving family violence within our parishes and organisations

d)    recommend curriculum content and/or guidelines to address unhealthy views about power or the marginalisation of women and other survivors of family violence.


The current membership of the Family Violence Working Group is:

  • The Rev'd Tracy Lauersen – Convenor (Melbourne)
  • Dr Karin Sowada (Sydney)
  • The Rev’d Canon Sandy Grant (Sydney)
  • The Rev’d Scott Holmes (Melbourne)
  • The Rt Rev’d Genieve Blackwell (Melbourne)