16 Days of Activism

16 Days campaign - Kay Goldsworthy AO - Archbishop of Perth


In the past, the most senior Anglican leader in WA has opened up her own home to victims of domestic violence.

She says she’s not alone in doing this, and the church itself is often seen by victims as a haven to help them come to the realisation that this is not what they deserve and the violence they’re suffering is not OK.

“It’s an issue that’s far too close to too many people’s hearts,” Archbishop Goldsworthy said.

She said the debate about respect and violence came down to what we as human beings are worth.

“And we’re worth gentle, careful, thoughtful, responsible and accountable relationships,” she said.

“Men need to talk to other men, you need to be aware of what’s going on around you, speak in your workplace or your community about respectful relationships, talk about ways to deal with conflict. I think the question of what do you do as a bystander is a really important one.

“When people like Rosie Batty tell their story you can’t help but stop and listen and recognise how different the story has to be.

“This is just so important, it’s about the whole community saying no, women in children in particular don’t need to be on the receiving end of this and perpetrators don’t have to do this.”

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