The Christian Care Centre realised in time that in order to achieve its vision of having happy families and communities where there is no domestic violence and abuse, some men must be provided with an avenue where they learn to appreciate themselves and women.
The inception of the Male Advocacy Programme in February 2011 was to counter the influx of women and children seeking refuge at the Christian Care Centre and whose husbands and partners demanding their return soon after the women get admitted to the Centre, regardless of their physical, mental and spiritual condition. In experienced situations, the workers and volunteers at the centre were threatened and abused for providing a safe haven for the women and children.
Members of the four main Religious Orders in the Anglican Church of Melanesia together with Priests and laity have undergone training since 2011 to do awareness and advocacy on domestic violence and abuse in a few Dioceses and parishes. In October, 2012 a Train the Trainers workshop was conducted in Honiara by the Church’s Board of Mission where 20 people were trained to work within the eight local parishes in Honiara. The purpose of this training is to target the general male population within these parishes to work with men in addressing issues of domestic violence and all sorts of abuses that are ever present in the communities.
Feedbacks from the training and interactive activities and the work in the communities highlighted the need for more gender work and conflict management and resolutions.
The Male Advocacy Programme has an office in Honiara that provides awareness on issues of domestic violence as well as counselling for men in domestic relationships. They also work with men whose wife/partner seeks refuge at the CCC.
The chairman of the Male Advocacy Committee is former Governor General of Solomon Islands, Sir Nathaniel Waena. He is very passionate about issues of Family Violence and seeks all avenues within the Church and Government to advocate on the issues.
The Christian Care Centre provides an outstanding model of good practice and innovation in working on domestic violence, integrating the Church’s compassionate care for women with careful integration with the statutory services. The work with male perpetrators is pioneering in this field of service. The centre was chosen for a field visit by the delegates to the Anglican Alliance Pacific Consultation, which drew lessons from its work for the Alliance’s global programme.