Ministers in the Anglican Diocese of Sydney are receiving compulsory training on how best to provide pastoral care for victims of domestic violence.
A specially-convened task force surveyed diocesan clergy about their contact with domestic violence cases, surveyed training institutions and schools about their educational programs, and spoke directly to victims of domestic violence.
The task force concluded that domestic violence includes emotional, verbal, social, economic, psychological, spiritual and sexual abuse as well as physical assault.
In an address to this year's Sydney Synod, task force chairman Revd Canon Sandy Grant urged clergy and church workers to preach and speak against domestic violence, rejecting the twisting of Scripture to justify abuse of any kind.
A motion passed by the Synod urged the task force to continue its work, with a focus on developing guidelines for a pastoral response to the problem of domestic abuse.
Anglican Communion News Service