Our work with agencies
We believe that we are stronger in collaboration and are grateful for some amazing partnerships with organisations across the UK, and beyond. Alongside the Faith and VAWG Coalition, we provide training and support for organisations helping women navigate some of the challenges of faith and domestic abuse.
Sometimes survivors feel like they have to choose between their faith and freedom. We believe they can have both.
We're working with churches to see a culture shift and survivors to help them find freedom without losing their faith identity.
There are some amazing churches providing holistic support to survivors of abuse, but too often, Church culture has enabled domestic abuse, rather than stopping it. It’s not uncommon to hear ‘If I just pray more…’ or ‘If only I were a better person’ in Christian circles. Hope, along with a culture that pressures women to stay, no matter what, can leave a woman feeling totally trapped with nowhere to go. Distorted theology may lead a woman to believe a male partner has the right to treat her however he wants. Forgiveness is a concept which sits at the heart of Christianity, but it can be misunderstood and misapplied to make women stay with men who might say they're sorry, but who never change
We believe that the Bible has a very different story to tell.
‘Marriage is for life’ is a frequently cited justification for encouraging women to stay with abusive partners, or women are told, 'God hates divorce.' Well-meaning pastors recommend marriage counselling, not understanding that in cases of abuse it's not appropriate. Women are left thinking God will hate them if they leave their abuser. The idea comes from the Christian belief that marriage is an agreement made before God to respect, love, and cherish one another. But, in cases of abuse, it is the abuser who has broken this agreement, not the survivor and they are under no obligation to stay. We need to place the responsibility where it lies: with the abuser. Abuse, coercive control, infidelity, and abandonment all break the marriage vows; forcing a woman to accept these circumstances, which were outside her control, is neither loving nor just.
Work with us
If you're interested in working with us, or in taking part in training that will help your organisation to support Christian women experiencing abuse, then do get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.