Friday, October 19, 2018

Domestic abuse survivors within Anglican Church to receive financial assistance in possible 'world first'

From Australia-

Women in the Anglican Church in Sydney who have been physically, emotionally and sexually abused by their priest husbands will, for the first time, be able to apply for substantial financial assistance following the establishment of a new fund dedicated to supporting clergy spouses escaping domestic violence.

In what is believed to be a national — and possibly global — first, the Sydney Anglican Synod on Wednesday voted unanimously to create the Ministry Spouse Support Fund, which from January 2019 will allow clergy spouses who have suffered domestic abuse to access an initial sum of $10,000, followed by a one-off payment of up to $50,000. 

The initiative is being celebrated by church communities as a long-overdue "first step" towards acknowledging the ongoing hardship many victims of domestic violence face.

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