Equipping the Church
Covid-19 and domestic abuse: a toolkit for churches
As countries around the world went into lockdown, church as we knew it ended. Pastors began working out how to 'do' church online, how to stay connected with an isolated congregation and how to support their local community. At the same time, cases for domestic abuse were rising dramatically, in and out of the church. Read our toolkit to learn how your church can respond to the hidden pandemic of violence.
The role of the Church
At the heart of what we do is the call of God to do what is right, seek justice and defend the oppressed. In Judges 19 we read a story of horrific abuse which ends with God's people saying, 'Just imagine! We must speak up and do something.' That challenge still stands and we want to empower and equip the church to rise to it.
It's hard to admit that domestic abuse can still happen within our church communities, but it's vitally important that we don't turn our eyes from what is happening to some of those in our congregations. We recently conducted research that demonstrated that 1 in 4 churchgoers have experienced an act of abuse within their current relationship. How we respond to this information will shape the culture of our churches.
We want to create a network of churches that never tolerate abuse, that teach and model healthy and equal relationships between men and women and that provide a safe refuge for survivors, nurturing them back to health and demonstrating God’s deep love for them.