Auckland diocesan initiative to raise awareness of domestic violence

The Auckland diocesan Justice & Peace Commission’s Social Welfare Anti-Poverty Committee, together with Catholic Social Services, invites people to a one-day workshop to raise awareness of domestic violence issues to parishes and ethnic and cultural communities within the Diocese, with the endorsement of the Catholic Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Patrick Dunn.

The workshop aims to help participants gain the skills to work within their own parishes and communities to establish support groups and resources to work towards a greater understanding of violence and ways to assist those who are subjected to it.

It will help provide anti-violence strategies and managing tough topics and situations as well as an understanding of the causations of violence, incorporating spirituality, psychology and culture.

There is an expectation that those who attend the workshop will return to their parishes or communities to establish programmes to suit their particular needs.

The bishop has written to all parishes within the diocese, encouraging them to send two people and priests to develop a Living with Violence Information / Support Group in their own community.

Where                  St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby

When                    Saturday 1 April from 10am until 3.30pm

Parking                 behind St Columba Centre in Vermont Street

Admission is free and morning tea, lunch and afternoon will be provided. Registration closes at 5pm on Friday 24 March and there are 50 spaces available.

Registration closes at 5pm on Friday 24 March and there are 50 spaces available.

Download this registration form ……registration-form

and email it to  by Friday 24 March at 5pm.



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