Domestic Abuse

We are working in partnership with specialist agencies to deliver workshops and raise awareness and understanding in churches across the Diocese, about domestic abuse.

Our work around Domestic Abuse began in 2018 with the ‘Setting the Captives Free…freedom from Domestic Abuse’ campaign.  

A series of films were produced by Rochester Arts in Mission (RochesterAIM) featuring testimonies from female and a male survior of domestic abuse. Watch these films here: A male surviors story / Breaking the cycle of violence

Special event with Ryan Hart on Saturday 23 November, 2019

In July 2016, Claire and Charlotte Hart were murdered in broad daylight, by the family’s father using a sawn-off shotgun.

He then committed suicide.

Ryan Hart, one of the two surviving sons, now openly shares his story to raise awareness of the coercive and controlling behaviour their family suffered.

The Diocese of Rochester and White Ribbon UK are delighted to host a special event with Ryan on Saturday 23 November, at St John's Church Hall in Hildenborough, 10am to 12pm.

A unique opportunity to hear him share his story in person. Tickets are £10.

To book click here

Supporting the White Ribbon UK Campaign

From June 2019 we are continuing to stand up to domestic abuse by supporting the White Ribbon UK Campaign and encouraging churches to get involved too.

White Ribbon UK is part of the global movement to end male violence against women.  It invites men to make a pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.

Why?

  • Twenty per cent of all women in the UK have experienced sexual assault
  • More than half of the women in the UK have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • An average of two women a week are murdered by a current or former partner in England and Wales.

It is therefore essential that men take responsibility in ending male violence against women, as it is still often labelled as a ‘women’s issue’.

The campaign recognises that violence can be perpetrated by women against men, in same-sex couples and in other settings too. It therefore signposts to the campaigns and charities that focus on these issues and victims, and which are very helpful in those circles.

To get involved, please contact: Caroline Clarke : caroline.clarke@rochester.anglican.org (on Twitter: @CommunityCaro) or call: 01634 560000 

For emergency support contact: Rape Crisis: 0808 802 9999 / Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327 / Galop – LGBT+: 0800 999 5428 / Women’s Aid: 0808 2000 247

For Safeguarding support visit our Safeguarding pages. 

How does White Ribbon UK work?

White Ribbon UK work with men and boys to challenge those male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse and violence.  

Volunteer ambassadors engage with other men and boys to call out such behaviour among their peers and promote a culture of equality and respect. Women can become White Ribbon champions.

They work with an All-Party Parliamentary Group which enables them to have a voice in Parliament. They also work with a large number of local authorities, police, churches, music venues, festivals, schools, colleges and universities to ensure policies and procedures are in place.

They also make sure staff are trained to understand the need for safeguarding and signposting.

Watch Bishop Simon's message to find out more about the campaign and why we are supporting it. Or visit the White Ribbon UK website here: www.whiteribbon.org.uk

How can everyone, as well as churches get involved?

Men in congregations can commit to taking the pledge and wear a white ribbon. Take the pledge here

Churches can register to:

  • Take part in White Ribbon day on 25 November 2019 and raise a white flag.
  • Encourage men in their congregations to wear a white ribbon pin badge and take the pledge
  • Identify people to become White Ribbon Ambassadors (men) or Champions (women) and undertake the White Ribbon training.

To register your interest please contact: Caroline Clarke on: caroline.clarke@rochester.anglican.org (on Twitter: @CommunityCaro) or call: 01634 560000

 

"We are really pleased to see the Diocese of Rochester taking a lead in sharing the approach of White Ribbon UK, working with men and boys to change cultures amongst their friends and colleagues, and within their communities. We are hoping that our year of working in partnership will bring forward new resources for churches that can be shared and used more widely”. - Anthea Sully, Chief Executive, White Ribbon UK.

 




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