Special Safeguarding Sunday Service on BBC Radio Devon on Christ the King Sunday
Sunday 25 November is Christ the King Sunday and also the International Day for Ending Violence Against Women. On this day, Rev’d Marisa Cockfield has recorded a special Sunday Service for broadcast on BBC Radio Devon at 6.30am.
Rev’d Cockfield will call us to reflect on what it is to follow Christ, and on the model of his kingship, while also acknowledging that the 25th of November is an international day calling for the ending of gender-based violence inflicted on girls and women around the world. While domestic abuse sadly affects people of all genders, the tragic fact is that 2 women die every week in the UK at the hands of a partner, hence why ending violence against women is a particular priority.
As you will hear through the service, domestic abuse is not just a women’s issue, and men have a role to play in changing the unhealthy culture where this can occur and the ‘First Man Standing’ campaign is something Christian men can engage with to tackle domestic abuse: https://www.restoredrelationships.org/what-we-do/working-with-men/
Part of the First Man Standing campaign is to challenge men to sign the White Ribbon pledge, “never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women”. 25th November is also White Ribbon Day, so we are asking men to consider signing up to that pledge: https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk/pledge/
If you aren’t able to listen live to the Sunday Service, you will be able to listen shortly after broadcast via the BBC iPlayer using this link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06qc8kj
We appreciate that this is a sensitive subject that may affect listeners. Anyone with concerns for their safety or the safety of another person can contact the following support services (or should call 999 if they believe someone is at risk of immediate harm):
- National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
- Devon Domestic Abuse Support Service: 0345 155 1074
- Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service: 0800 458 2558
- Torbay Domestic Abuse Service: 0800 916 1474
If you would like to talk about how you can respond within your local church community, please visit our Safeguarding Contacts page here: https://exeter.anglican.org/resources/safeguarding/safeguarding-team/
Domestic Abuse awareness resources for your church can be found here: https://exeter.anglican.org/resources/safeguarding/resources/#DomesticAbuse