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We're passionate about helping churches feel confident that they know what to do when domestic abuse is disclosed.

Our level 1 course will help you explore key questions around the issue of domestic abuse. The series will start you in the journey of understanding what domestic abuse involves, how you can spot the signs and how best to respond.

Course content

The series explores key questions about domestic abuse:

What is domestic abuse? - We'll explore the current domestic abuse definition used by the UK government. Special emphasis will be given to understanding coercive and controlling behaviour and how it's displayed in an intimate relationship.

How can I recognise the signs? - It's not possible to create an exhaustive list of the signs of domestic abuse. However, in this session, we explore some of the key effects that abuse has on a victim in order to get an insight into how power and control can play out in a relationship.

Why does domestic abuse happen? - We visit the creation texts in the Bible to explore why domestic abuse happens, as well as looking at some common contributing factors.

Why doesn't she leave? - This is one of the key questions people ask, particularly if they are not aware of the complexities of domestic abuse. In this session, we explore some of the key barriers to leaving an abuser and start to unpack how we can support a victim or survivor in this process.

How can I support victims of domestic abuse? - When supporting someone who is in or has been in an abusive relationship it is important to remember that we are neither Jesus nor Sherlock Holmes. In this session, we explore how to offer appropriate support in a way that is healthy and helpful.

Upcoming dates

The Level 1 Training Course runs over 5 weeks. The course costs £25 to attend, and currently all sessions happen via Zoom - each session is also recorded so you can catch up on any that you miss!

We don't currently have any more Level 1 Courses running in 2022, but watch this space for 2023 dates.

These are complex questions and it can be difficult to know how best to be ministers of God’s love to women caught in abuse. But we need not feel trapped or isolated in facing these challenges. By thinking through some of these issues, I began to see how faith – whilst sometimes contributing to the problem – can be a source of liberation and hope.

— Training attendee —