Towards preventing & healing abuse of power within the church
Our centre is physically separate and operates independently within the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania. It is available to those who have experienced abuse within the church, whether emotional, spiritual, physical or sexual in nature (current or in the past). The centre also works in a range of ways to prevent abuse within the church. See the links below for more detailed information.
Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and other Non-Government Organisations
“We as a church and as a society are derelict in our duties when even one child is abused. Whilst we think our policies, practices and protocols for the handling of allegations of criminal abuse are transparent, we look to the parliamentary Inquiry to put a further spotlight on what has been a blight on the record of religious organisations and to bring about necessary change.”
Isabel Thomas Dobson
The Uniting Church has prepared a submission for the parliamentary Inquiry.
On the Parliament of Victoria’s web page, parliament.vic.gov.au/fcdc you will find a number of helpful documents.
You can also make direct contact with the Committee Secretariat on 03 8682 2843 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information and professional counselling contact the Bethel Pastoral Centre email@example.com or call (03) 9859 8700.
Bethel Pastoral Centre