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Domestic Abuse

1 in 4 Women and 1 in 6 Men will experience domestic abuse.  It’s about power and control, and there will probably be a number of people we each know, affected by it.  It happens in all sorts of communities and relationships regardless of age, sexuality, ethnic origin or level of wealth.

door-domesticGod created us to love and live in partnership with each other, respecting difference and helping to create safe family environments for children.  Fear, intimidation and violence have no rightful place in a the home.

There are many simple ways we can respond, individually and through church, saving people the pain and destruction that is caused by domestic abuse.  We do need to take domestic abuse seriously, and there are a number of key ways we can respond:

 

  • Discuss this with your PCC
  • Create a safe environment, having people who are open and ready to listen to those who want to talk
  • Don’t excuse inappropriate behaviour or attitudes
  • Inform your church about issues of domestic abuse and how you respond
  • Respect and believe those in abusive situations
  • Link this with your safeguarding policy
  • Know what services are available to refer people on to
  • Confidentiality is important, you must respect the information which is being disclosed and deal with it appropriately
  • Don’t take power away from individuals involved, by trying to rush in and ‘fix’ everything yourself
  • Use the resources available

Phone for Help

In an emergency – Call – 999

National Domestic Abuse Helpline – Freephone 0808 808 4994

Further helpful information and contact details are available from the websites below:

 

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