Experience Survey

Anglican Church of Australia

Anglican Church of Australian General Synod: National Anglican Family Violence Project

Experiences of intimate partner violence for those with a connection with Anglican churches

Invitation to the Experience Survey

Do you have experiences of domestic abuse? Do you or did you previously have a connection with an Anglican Church?

This online ‘Experience Survey’ is open to anyone to take part.

The purpose of this anonymous survey is to explore experiences of domestic and family violence –specifically “intimate partner violence” (IPV) – for those with current or previous connections with Anglican churches. Further, if you sought help from an Anglican church, what was this experience like?

The survey will focus on intimate partner violence*, which is a serious and widespread problem in Australia, with enormous individual and community impacts and social costs.

Church communities are not immune to intimate partner violence, and there have been mixed responses from churches – both helpful and harmful. The Anglican Church hopes to learn more from Australians about their experiences in order to make better responses to foster safer family environments.

At the end of the anonymous survey, you will be asked if you are willing to be considered for a second phase, involving a small number of face-to-face interviews.

Thank you,
Dr Ruth Powell and Dr Miriam Pepper

*Intimate partner violence is defined by the World Health Organisation as behaviour within an intimate relationship that causes physical, sexual or psychological harm, including acts of physical aggression, sexual coercion, psychological abuse and controlling behaviours.

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