Over two workshops, the 2022/23 Social Justice Statement from the national bishops, ‘Respect: Confronting Violence & Abuse’ will be explored. The first workshop will prayerfully discern the learned behaviour of gendered crimes, considering the drivers and enablers of violence and abuse (including structural and cultural) and outline those most vulnerable or at risk to victimisation, as well as to offending. With our counter-cultural role model of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, central to our discussions, the second workshop will focus on capacity building for respectful relationships. The Safeguarding Program resource, ‘A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence’ will also be explored to further support our shared vision for respect, dignity, justice, transformation and hope.
Carol Mitchell is the Director of the Justice Ecology and Development Office (JEDO) in the Archdiocese of Perth. Her personal and professional passion has always involved working with or for the marginalised and vulnerable, including for women and children’s safety. Prior to working at JEDO, she worked for decades in three State government departments and two non-government agencies. This was enabled through a Diploma of Dental Nursing; Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion; Graduate Diploma in Women’s Studies and Graduate Certificate in Human Rights.
She has been married to her husband Tom for over 35 years and they have three wonderful children: Miranda, Xavier and Bronte.