International ‘Eliminate Violence Against Women’ day
25th NOVEMBER 2015
What will your church be doing?
1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner; about 120 million girls have been forced into intercourse or other sexual acts at some point in their lives; and 133 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation (The police in Cornwall have reported their first case).
In Britain 2 women a week are murdered by an intimate partner or ex-partner (British Crime Survey), and 1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse in their lives.
As a joint enterprise the Methodist Church and Anglican Church have come together to offer some awareness raising about DOMESTIC ABUSE. It is vitally important to know how it might manifest itself within a church setting, and what you should do if you are concerned.
We hope to be able to offer hour long sessions upon request, at venues in your areas, starting in the new year.
For any churches that take part we will have ‘Church Packs’ to give away courtesy of RESTORED, a Christian charity that works to stop violence against women. These pack include a check list, a poster, exploration of scripture with helpful/unhelpful applications, a Charter, Do’s and Don’ts, national resources and myth busting info for example.
Maybe you could begin a conversation with your neighboring churches and plan a session in your area?
Look forward to hearing from you soon.
Sarah Acraman and Alison Gill
Safeguarding Officers for
Diocese of Truro and Cornwall Methodist District