Tackling DVA In Faith Communities: FOUNDATIONS FOR THE FUTURE

The Bishop of Durham – The Rt Revd Paul Butler, addressing conference delegates

On the 23rd of November 2017, we hosted an educational conference geared to empowering faith communities to tackle  Domestic Violence & Abuse (DVA) that occurs in their own  environments. The conference themed “Foundations For The  Future”, was set to lay out a mandate of key objectives to be urgently implemented by faith communities & professionals in addressing the social pandemic in this unique society group, given known challenges examined during the event.

This task was sealed by the signing of a declaration by the 80 delegates & invited guests in attendance, as an act of commitment to participating in the  eradication of DVA in faith communities over the long haul. Furthermore, delegates were inspired to set up DVA projects within their faith communities – stand alone or interdependent, to improve practical responses to the multi-dimensional plight of adult & child survivors.

Kudakwashe Nyakudya teaching best approaches & legal perspectives for tackling DVA in faith communities

Conference guest faith leaders were The Bishop of Durham – The Rt Revd Paul Butler, The Bishop Of The Order Of St Leonards – The Rt Revd Dr David Carr OBE, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham – The Rt Revd William Kenney C.P., Founder of Imams Against Domestic Violence – Imam Abdullah Hasan, Chairperson Of  Warwick District Faiths Forum – Jatinder Birdi, Senior Pastor Of Zion City Tabernacle & Founder Of Not Another One – Windsor  Queensborough, Nottingham Liberal Jewish Synagogue Rabbi – Tanya Sakhnovich, & Safeguarding Lead Of Archdiocese of Birmingham – Jane Jones. Expert speakers for the event were Dr Lisa Oakley – Academic On Abuse Studies & Visiting  Fellow Bournemouth University, Damian Carnell – Trainer On Working With Perpetrators & Director Of End Gendered Abuse, & Kudakwashe Nyakudya – Consultant On DVA & Founding Director Of Kahrmel Wellness.

Faith leaders facilitating mandate discussion

The mandate laid out is a call for immediate action, for outcomes for adult & child survivors to start developing radically, with vision to extend its progress into the future. Its 24 key objectives include:

  1. For faith leaders to ensure that faith communities are safe spaces for victims/ survivors, encouraging & assisting them to seek support while challenging perpetrators
  2. For a general turnaround to be applied in the use of sacred texts – for texts that promote survivors’ welfare & freedom from abuse to be used, instead of those that  condemn them for seeking help or those normally misinterpreted by perpetrators to justify their abusive nature
  3. For judges, court advisors, & legal representatives to be trained on complex dynamics & cultural challenges in faith communities, & appropriate ways of working with this specific society group
  4. For spiritual healing – which is the linchpin for all round healing for adult & child survivors with a faith – to be facilitated in a safe worship environment

Delegates participating in mandate discussion


The conference details…

Conference in pictures…

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We coach survivors of Domestic Violence & Abuse (DVA) to reach their full potential, & completely prosper in it. We also train faith communities & professionals on how to effectively tackle all forms of DVA that exist in faith communities. Our founder survived 10 yrs of DVA, & became wonderfully restored as she was determined to rebuild her life. Midlands, England · kahrmelwellness.com

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