Would you know what to do if a woman disclosed domestic abuse to you in church? Do you feel equipped to support her? If the answer is no or you're not, then you have come to the right place.
We offer high-quality training to equip and enable churches to better respond to domestic abuse. We strongly believe that responding well when domestic abuse is disclosed is a powerful way to be salt and light in our communities.
Domestic abuse awareness: entry level course
This training will help you explore key questions around the issue of domestic abuse. The series will start you on the journey of understanding what domestic abuse involves, how you can spot the signs and how best to respond. Our taster session is suitable for anyone who is engaging with domestic abuse for the first time.
Domestic abuse understanding and response: foundation course
This course provides a comprehensive overview of what domestic abuse is and how you can respond. It will enable you to more effectively respond to a disclosure of abuse, covering:
- Whether the church is part of the solution/problem
- Using the Duluth Model to gain further understanding about the way abuse is perpetrated and its complexities
- The impact of domestic abuse on survivors and how this should inform our responses
- How to begin engaging with a perpetrator.
We anticipate that anyone booking on our foundation course will already have had some training, whether with us or elsewhere.
'I do a fair bit of one-day training in my line of work, but I remember the day with Restored as the best.
Most challenging for me personally was the discussions around the impact of my teaching and theology on women in violent relationships - might I be encouraging them to stay and bear their suffering? I have since been contacted by a woman for emergency support, which I was able to give. Having the resources to hand was very useful; it felt a little like having a backup as I met with this situation for the first time as a minister.'
— Lead Pastor, Devon. —
Training dates for 2021
Domestic abuse awareness: entry-level course
Domestic abuse prevention and response: foundation course
We've got a range of dates and times planned in to make it easy for to you fit this training around work or other commitments.