CAPTION: The campaign is raising awareness of domestic abuse around the world

Getting behind the No More 1 in 3 domestic abuse campaign

Posted: 16th November, 2020

Churches in Devon are being encouraged to raise awareness of domestic abuse and take action against it during a 16-day campaign organised by the Mother’s Union.

The No More 1 in 3 campaign will run from 25 November to 5 December.

Globally, 1 in 3 women experience physical or sexual violence during their lifetime – a number rising yet further this year, in what the UN has called a “shadow pandemic”

This year calls to the UK’s national domestic abuse helpline have continued to rise, with 50 murders attributed to domestic violence estimated to have happened during the first lockdown.

“These horrendous statistics represent the lives of real people, in all our communities.”

The diocesan Church and Society Officer, Chris Keppie, said: “This is an issue close to my heart, having previously worked in homelessness.

“I’ve encountered so many women – and men – needing housing and other support having escaped domestic abuse.

“Sadly long-term homeless people with ‘complex needs’ often experienced ‘adverse childhood experiences’ including domestic violence, and/or subsequent exploitation and trauma in county lines gangs or sexual slavery.

“These horrendous statistics represent the lives of real people, in all our communities.”

The Mothers’ Union campaign is highlighting the scale of domestic abuse worldwide

A new Domestic Abuse Bill is currently at the second reading stage in the House of Lords.

There, five of our female Anglican bishops (led by Bishop Rachel of Gloucester) are working to support and strengthen the Bill, including in legislation around children as victims (rather than observers) and on cycles of criminality associated with abuse.

The Mothers’ Union campaign will end on Saturday 5 December in a global day of action.

It will include a special online service put together by the Mothers’ Union in Devon and featuring a message from Bishop Jackie and a blessing by Bishop Nick.

Resources for churches and individuals include template letters to MPs, prayers, bible readings and a campaign pack , including a church service suggestion, information about the #NoMore1in3 photo campaign, and even 1 in 3 tea cosy knitting patterns.

Another Christian charity, Restored, focuses on gender-based violence and has clear online information including I Need Help and I Want To Help.

It also produces handbooks for churches, and for survivors that it distributes in refuges. Churches can buy these as a practical way of helping victims of domestic violence.

The diocese Safeguarding team is at hand to respond to concerns about domestic abuse and also offers awareness training for churches in this area.

Please email Chris to share any actions you or your church have been or will be taking, including #NoMore1in3 photos!