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“Gender-based violence is one of the greatest injustices in our world today. Every time an act of violence is committed, the inherent dignity of the women or girl affected is degraded. Having seen the after-effects of this violence during a recent visit to the DRC, I know all too well just how destructive it can be. The Church is already supporting and caring for those affected; it must continue in that work and must condemn the notion that such violence is ever acceptable. The Church must be an advocate for restored relationships of mutual respect and love, modelling the reconciling love shown by Christ to all people.

I commend the work that Restored and its partners are doing, highlighting gender-based violence in our society, and seeking to tackle it through positive, practical measures.

The Church of England has signalled its strong support for this work through the motion carried at the February 2014 General Synod, and I was grateful for the way that Mandy Marshall [co-Director, Restored] spoke powerfully to the Synod of the stark reality of gender-based violence in our own churches and what must be done to eliminate it. Her role as the Church of England’s representative at the most recent session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women underlines the commitment of the Church and Restored to engage proactively in ending gender-based violence. We cannot pretend that we are not aware of the reality of gender-based violence.

Through the continuing work of Restored and other organisations, it is now our responsibility as people of faith to speak out and end it.”

— Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury —