Respond- to a disclosure of abuse with compassion and calm
Inform – the person where they can get help from
Support – them appropriately and in a safe manner
Empower – them to grow and heal
Unite – with other members of Mothers’ Union
Pray – for an end to Domestic Abuse in the UK and throughout the world
Saturday 25 November is International Day to End Violence Against Women and the Mothers’ Union have just launched Mothers’ Union’s RISE UP Against Domestic Abuse challenge throughout Britain and Ireland. Our aim is to make sure that activism against domestic abuse happens 365 days per year, not just during the 16 Days of Activism campaign from 25 November to 10 December 2023. RISE UP posters detailing our nearest support organisation number will be displayed in our churches as well as other places in Corsham.
As MU members, we are working together to be part of the change. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone from any walk of life. It isn’t just unemployed, single parents who suffer from abuse. It is the educated, the affluent, both men and women.
We need to ensure that perpetrators of abuse know that the church is not somewhere they can hide, not can they use miscommunication passages of the Bible to justify their actions.
1 in 3 women worldwide will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, so we are asking that wherever you are you keep a one minute silence at 1.03pm on Saturday 25 November to remember the abused and also those who have not survived domestic abuse.
During the 16 days of activism there will be a Red Chair in church as a reminder of those who have not survived Domestic Abuse and Corsham Mothers’ Union will be taking part in the Morning Worship Service at St Bartholomew’s Church at 10am on Sunday 10 December the last of the 16 days so I hope as many as can will join us.