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RCV Says NO to Domestic Violence

RCV Says NO to Domestic Violence

13 October 2010

The Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) is actively involved with the Jewish Taskforce Against Family Violence in developing programs to tackle violence against women in the community.

White Ribbon Day on 25 November 2010 promotes awareness among Australian men and boys about the roles they can play to prevent violence against women. The White Ribbon Website states “in Australia, one in three women will be assaulted or abused in her lifetime. These women are our mothers, our girlfriends, our wives, our daughters, our colleagues and our friends.”

The JCCV applauds the Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) active involvement in this campaign in conjunction with the Jewish Taskforce Against Family Violence. Studies have shown that victims are far more likely to disclose abuse to a rabbi who has publicly condemned family violence and has personally encouraged congregants to make such disclosures.

One of the significant projects that the Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) has undertaken in recent years is to address the issue of domestic violence in the Jewish Community. With a growing membership of over 40 rabbis, the RCV recognises its responsibility to the Jewish Community in being at the forefront of prevention and intervention initiatives.

Numerous lectures, information and training sessions and workshops have been undertaken by the RCV and its members over the past 5 years. RCV members, Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant and Rabbi Ralph Genende, are White Ribbon Ambassadors. The RCV has formed a strong alliance with the Jewish Taskforce Against Family Violence (JTAFV), working closely together on a number of initiatives that address family violence issues in the Jewish Community.

Rabbi Kluwgant is the official Rabbinic Liaison to the JTAFV. He and the JTAFV are currently working to develop guidelines and protocols for rabbis and trusted religious officials in relation to responding to disclosures of domestic violence and sexual abuse, an exciting project that has already been welcomed by leading experts in the field. These guidelines are being developed with input from rabbis, medical professionals and psychologists. The end product will be printed in a publication that will be sent to every rabbi and trusted official in the Victorian Jewish community.

This project will go a long way in demonstrating that the RCV SAYS NO to domestic violence and sexual abuse.

For further information, or to make a confidential disclosure, please contact Rabbi Kluwgant on 8517 5684 or on 0418 585 856.

To read more about family violence, access support or learn how you can help, visit http://www.whiteribbonday.org.au or http://www.jewishtaskforce.com.au.

Rabbi Glasman
President, RCV

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