NoMore1in3- Mothers’ Union, is running a 16 day campaign (25 Nov – 10 Dec)

Date: 25th November 2020 - 10th December 2020

Calls to the UK’s national domestic abuse helpline tragically continue to rise, with 50 murders estimated during the first lockdown. Globally, a shocking 1 in 3 women are believed to experience physical or sexual violence at home during their lifetime – a number rising yet further this year as a “shadow pandemic” in the UN’s words.

The diocesan Church and Society Officer, Chris Keppie, says: “This is an issue close to my heart, having previously worked in homelessness. So many women (and men) and children, need housing and other support having escaped domestic abuse; and many long-term homeless people have developed ‘complex needs’ following the trauma of ‘adverse childhood experiences’, and/or subsequent exploitation in county lines or sexual slavery.”

A new Domestic Abuse Bill is currently at second reading stage in the House of Lords, where our five female Anglican bishops (led by Bishop Rachel of Gloucester) are working to support and strengthen the Bill, including areas around children as victims (rather than observers) and on cycles of criminality associated with abuse.

Mothers’ Union is running a campaign  to raise awareness and take practical action: 16 days from 25 Nov–10 Dec, with 5th Dec the global action day. Local MU members are taking part, and they encourage all church goers – and anyone – to join in! Resources include template letters to MPs, theology, prayers, readings and a brilliant pack, including a church service suggestion, information about their #NoMore1in3 photo campaign, and even 1in3 tea cosies knitting patterns! We will be highlighting these resources on the diocese Facebook page each of those 16 days, as well as a video message from Bishop Jackie: please do follow, engage, and share your photos or videos!

Another brilliant Christian charity, Restored, focuses on gender-based violence, has clear online information including I Need Help and I Want To Help. It also produces cheap handbooks for churches, and for survivors that it distributes in refuges – we would encourage you to buy both. Finally, please of course remember our Safeguarding team, both to raise concerns and to access training.

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