I recently attended an event organised by the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation where a number of organisations pitched their ideas on how to reduce reoffending amongst perpetrators of domestic violence. The winners get to go through a three-month incubation process and receive $150,000 to put their ideas into reality. The government’s goal is to reduce the numbers of reoffenders by 5% in 12 months.
Many great phone app ideas were presented and all were aimed at behavioural change and support to help change the cycle of transgenerational violence. Most of these apps could be used alongside current services offered to perpetrators of domestic violence such as the men’s behaviour change programs run by BaptistCare.
I’ve been thinking a lot about victims of domestic violence and how as a society we can provide safety for them. It was good to be reminded of the need to think about and pray for the perpetrators as well. One example of a prayer that can be used in an individual or a group setting is,
“We pray for the perpetrators of violence who make their homes unsafe spaces. We grieve with them and for them. May they know how great is your love for them, How deeply you cherish them, And how personally you value them. May the find the strength to seek help, Friends who will support them, And the ability to repent of their sin.”