07 March 2016
New pack helps Churches to address domestic abuse
Christians are being encouraged to find out more about domestic violence and how it can be addressed in a new resource being launched by Christian charity Restored.
The resource explains what domestic abuse is and practical steps the Church can take to address it.
Restored works to end violence against women and wants to equip the Church to challenge attitudes and behaviours that perpetrate domestic violence.
The Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, an ambassador for Restored, said: "Love and relationship is at the heart of who God is. Joining in with God's work of transformation and hope begins by recognising the brokenness in us and around us.
"This pack is an excellent resource to enable followers of Christ to have their eyes and ears opened to the issue of abuse against women and have the courage to take action for the flourishing of those in our churches, chaplaincies and schools, and in the wider community.
"To close our eyes to the issue of domestic violence is to prefer the darkness to the light."
One in four women in the UK, and one in three worldwide, experience domestic abuse.
Restored says that violence against women not only causes extreme harm, but also prevents those women affected from achieving their full God-given potential and that the Church is in a strong position to help end domestic abuse.
However, many churches are not aware of the extent of domestic abuse, that it is happening in their own congregations, or what they can do about it.
The new pack also includes an expanded theological section which explores some of the issues specifically faced by Christians.