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Interfaith fight against family violence

Prominent NSW religious leaders from the major faiths have acknowledged domestic violence occurs in their communities and committed to ending the scourge.

The leaders signed a declaration developed by the NSW government in consultation with the Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh communities.

It provides guidelines and resources on how religious leaders should address domestic violence and better support victims.

Reverend Simon Hansford from the Uniting Church said domestic violence occurred across the whole of society.

“It does not discriminate,” he said on Tuesday.

“We acknowledge that communities have not always been a safe place for victims, survivors and the families of those who experience domestic violence.

“We accept the important role that we as leaders have in addressing domestic and family violence in all its forms.”

Multicultural Minister Mark Coure said religious leaders played “an incredibly important role within their respective communities and are looked to for guidance and information”.

The government partnership with them was “the key to connecting with communities more effectively”, he said.

Women’s Safety Minister Natalie Ward said a whole of community response was required to end domestic violence.

“Everyone can make a difference and be a part of the change in ensuring domestic and family violence is neither excused nor ignored in our community,” she said.

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