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Australian clergy responses to domestic and family violence

Two thirds of clergy have dealt with DFV situations

Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) is a serious and widespread problem in Australia, including communities of faith. Victims are predominantly women and children. Results from a landmark study show how church leaders have responded to DFV.

2021 NCLS Summary Profiles out now

First results for churches who took part in the 2021 NCLS

The first release of results is available for participating churches from April 2022. The Summary Profile contains highlights of a church's survey results. Local churches can view their Summary Profile using their Profile Number online.

Webinar now available

Australians' views of Jesus and the church- watch now

Dr Ruth Powell presents the latest research insights into Australian spirituality and and Karl Faase reflects on the impact on communities of faith. Did Jesus Exist? What do Australians think about Jesus and the Church today? Webinar now available to view online.

‘No religion’ part of ongoing trend, but not whole story

ABS release first Census results

The latest results from the 2021 national Census, which show an increase in Australians ticking the ‘no religion’ box, come as no surprise to researchers at NCLS Research. This fresh data from the Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2021) suggests religious affiliation is on the decline. But we say there is more to the story.

 

First results from the 2021 NCLS have been released to churches.

Summary Profiles are out now!

 

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Research Findings

 

What Australians really think about Jesus and the church today

Did Jesus exist? What do Australians think? View our free webinar to gain in-depth insights about the views of Australians on Jesus and the Christian Church, from our latest Australian Community Survey.

‘No religion’ part of ongoing trend, but not whole story

The latest results from the 2021 national Census, which show an increase in Australians ticking the ‘no religion’ box, come as no surprise to researchers at NCLS Research. This fresh data from the Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2021) suggests religious affiliation is on the decline. But we say there is more to the story.

Do Australians still help each other?

Over the past few years we’ve seen an ever-growing trend in advertising. “You”, the customer, are the most important person in the world. Nothing matters other than your happiness. Some would suggest we are becoming more individualistic and competitive, losing our sense of community and mateship. This has led to the criticism that Australian society is becoming more self-serving. But is this true? Do Australians buy into self centredness or is altruism still alive in our society?

How do Australian churches respond to domestic and family violence?

Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) is a serious and widespread problem in Australia. Victims are predominantly women and children, and DFV occurs in all communities, including communities of faith. Many people turn to churches in times of need, but are our faith communities adept at responding to DFV? Are Christian church leaders effective at helping those caught up in an abusive situation?

 

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