Domestic Violence & Abuse (DVA) is a pandemic that affects individuals at all levels and in all groups of society. It can be assumed that DVA does not occur in faith communities. However, the sobering reality is that it does, and there are both victims and perpetrators in institutions of worship. Spiritual abuse, child sexual abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, and honour-based violence, are found co-existing with DVA in this context.
Through extensive experience we have recognised that there is a desperate need for faith communities to develop in depth working knowledge on the nature, impact and consequences of DVA, as well as become equipped on how to practically and effectively address it placing the safety of adult and child victims as a priority. But for DVA to be completely eradicated, there is need for intensive work with perpetrators, who are entirely accountable for their abusive behaviours.
Our vision is to see faith communities transformed into fortresses of refuge and practical resources for adult and child victims and survivors, in a manner that does not compromise their safety and restoration needs. We also purpose to assist faith communities to become facilitators of the crucial work required in the positive transformation of perpetrators. In addition, we are committed to educating professionals on how to best assist victims from faith communities.
Therefore, we are committed to working with faith communities to effectively tackle DVA that occurs in their environment. Our passion has led us to develop our original and unique training programme, dedicated to holistically build up faith communities to be adequately educated, equipped, and empowered.
In addition to the training programme we host regular educational conferences across the Midlands, which are open to regional and national delegates. We welcome faith leaders, members of faith communities, survivors of DVA, and multi-agency professionals particularly those who serve faith communities.
If you are in immediate danger or assisting a victim of DVA in your faith community who is in immediate danger, please call the police on 999. For emergency civil injunctions (urgent court orders for the protection of the victim and her/his children from the perpetrator) contact the National Centre For Domestic Violence.
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