Media and Communications Office
In the final week of July, Catholic Social Services welcomed Sr Nicole Rotaru RSM, a Sister of Mercy and Creative Arts Therapist, to host a workshop centred on the education and prevention of family violence.
Joining Nicole were 20 participants from across several Melbourne parishes to gain a better understanding of the impacts of domestic and family violence.
The workshop, which maintained a particular focus on the effect of domestic violence on women and children, offered a chance for listening and reflection.
In the days following the workshop, the Archdiocese’s Director of Media and Communications, Shane Healy, met with Sr Nicole to discuss the topic and the work she is undertaking which takes her from Melbourne to Sudan.
Sr Nicole’s recent work with women and children fleeing family violence has inspired her recently published book, Smarty Pants, Kitty or Tiger? She believes an increase in communication throughout parishes and in the wider community can assist in a greater understanding of family violence. ‘We just need one brave parish to take up the offer of learning more about family violence and how we can make a difference,’ says Sr Nicole.