An embarrassing truth

Rosie Batty's award as Australian of the Year has highlighted an ugly truth about our society. Having lost her son Luke in a violent attack from his father, Rosie's experience has shown that domestic violence can happen when and where least expected.

Research from the Australian Institute of Criminology states that one in three Australian women experience domestic violence at some point during their adult life and it is women and children who typically suffer from domestic violence. The fact is that domestic violence is the leading cause of physical injury to women and is a factor in 60% of Australian homicide cases involving women. The National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and Children estimate that by 2021 domestic violence will cost Australia close to $10 billion if left unaddressed.

Surely these facts require Christians to stand up and take notice. More than that, what more could we and our churches be doing to provide refuge from those whose suffering is hidden? How much more can we do to find our way into the lives of those who are the most vulnerable in our communities? 

Let's remember that the kind of religion that our Father accepts is not only one which keeps us from being polluted by the sins of our culture, but also one that "looks after orphans and widows in their distress" i.e. the most vulnerable who live in our culture.