Domestic abuse is widespread. It continues to affect people from all walks of life, including churchgoers and those with whom we come into contact through our activities.
These pages will feature a number of resources about domestic abuse to help increase understanding and ensure this is an area that does not go unnoticed or unchallenged in the Methodist Church. This will help to ensure that victims and survivors feel able to come forward and know they will receive an appropriate and supportive response from the Church, and that the actions of perpetrators are not ignored and they are accountable for their actions.
Domestic Abuse Policy and Procedures
The Methodist Church holds that domestic abuse in all its forms is unacceptable and incompatible with the Christian faith and a Christian way of living. It is committed to being a safer space for all. This means ensuring that members of the Methodist Church have an awareness and understanding of domestic abuse, and know how to respond appropriately and effectively. When victims disclose abuse, they can expect to be listened to, taken seriously, supported and referred to local professional services, as appropriate. Local churches should receive advice and support from their Church/Circuit Safeguarding Officer and the District Safeguarding Officer. This Domestic Abuse Policy and Procedures document includes recent legislative changes, contained in the Domestic Abuse Act, England (2021)4 and legislation in other jurisdictions. It also highlights useful resources available to local churches, victims and survivors:
Domestic Abuse Webinar: Thursday 25 November 2021
The Methodist Church recently held a second domestic abuse webinar. We had a full programme which included prominent speakers including Bekah Legg who is Chief Executive Officer of the Christian domestic abuse charity Restored. The webinar also had contributions from two victims/survivors. There was input from the President of Conference and Chair of the Safeguarding Committee Revd Henry Lewis.
For details and information on how to register, please see Domestic Abuse Webinar: Thursday 25 November 2021
Earlier Domestic Abuse Webinar: Tuesday 24 November 2020
The Methodist Church held its first Domestic Abuse Webinar on Tuesday 24 November 10.00 am to 11.30 am.
To view the webinar again and for more information, please see Domestic Abuse Webinar: Tuesday 24 November 2020