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Domestic Abuse Services and the Postcode Lottery

Nicole Jacobs, the Domestic Abuse Commissioner in the UK, shared at the beginning of December, her desire to end the ‘postcode lottery’ we currently see. Domestic abuse services are so underfunded and can't run under the strain that it causes.

All victims across England and Wales deserve equal access to the services that they need to keep them safe – and to help bring perpetrators to justice.

Nicole Jacobs - Domestic Abuse Commissioner.

In the linked article you will be able to read of the mapping exercise her office is currently undertaking that will enable them to have a more complete picture around the UK. As part of this exercise they are seeking help through an online survey. The survey is available in 14 languages, English, Welsh, Polish, Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Arabic, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, British Sign Language and in Easy Read. The British Sign Language version can be found here. If you have any difficulties please contact the commissioner’s office.

While we know that the Church has a long way to go in building trust with victims of abuse and the ‘postcode lottery’ is just as real for Christians and the church, I want to encourage you that things are changing, slowly, but it is happening. In the past few weeks we have had 10 different individuals or churches be in contact because they want to know more and do better, often because someone has been brave enough and had opportunity to challenge them.

In 2022 we are excited to see the development of Restored Beacons and continue our training, developing it into new areas and working with more partners. At the start of 2022, thank you for continuing to be part of the change, ultimately changing the story for others.

“Trust is not built in big, sweeping moments. It’s built in tiny moments every day.”

— Brené Brown - dare to lead podcast —