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.

Do you need help?

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 we are working to raise awareness of issues around 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

Supporting the White Ribbon UK Campaign

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.


  • 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: Keith Berry - Community Engagement Adviser on or  07585 101624 Twitter: @community_keith


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:

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 the annual White Ribbon day in November.
  • 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: Keith Berry - Community Engagement Adviser on or  07585 101624 Twitter: @community_keith


"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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