Stand up to domestic abuse: Message from Bishop Rachel

Published: Monday May 22, 2023

The Church of England logoWithin the national Church, work is currently being undertaken to ensure we are all equipped to recognise and respond to domestic abuse.

To ensure we can stand up to domestic abuse we first need to understand our culture, behaviours, knowledge, and skills in terms of recognising and responding to domestic abuse. With colleagues that have been involved with the Diocese of Melbourne and the Cumbria research project, the national safeguarding team has developed a baseline survey that will allow us to further understand our current culture, behaviour, skills, and knowledge in terms of recognising and responding to domestic abuse.

The purpose of this survey is so that we can notice change and identify the gaps in how we are becoming ever more a Church that reflects God’s desire for every unique and precious individual to go on becoming who they fully are, in relationship with God and in healthy, respectful relationships with their neighbour, not least within families, households and worshipping communities. Jesus Christ said that he came that we might have life in all its fullness (John 10:10), yet whenever we fail to recognise, name, and address destructive relationship we fail to join in with God’s Kingdom work of hope and transformation as we pray for God’s kingdom to come on earth as in heaven”.

Complete the survey by clicking on the link below – it’s open to all to complete.

Domestic abuse: What are our, behaviours, attitudes and cultures

The survey is constructed around 15 multiple choices questions and takes 10-15 minutes to complete, with no personal identifying information required.

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