St Peter’s Church, Formby

Domestic Abuse Charter – St Peter’s, Formby

This Church
Understands domestic abuse to be the abuse of a person physically, sexually, psychologically, spiritually, emotionally, socially, or financially within an intimate or family-type relationship and that forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour. This can include forced marriage and so-called “honour crimes”.

This Church
Holds that domestic abuse in all its forms is unacceptable and irreconcilable with Christian faith and a Christian way of living.

This Church
Accepts that domestic abuse is a serious problem which occurs in Church families as well as in wider society.

This Church
Undertakes to listen, support and care for those affected by domestic abuse.

This Church
Will always place the safety of women, vulnerable adults and children as the highest priority.

This Church
Will work with domestic abuse agencies, will learn from them and support them in appropriate ways and will publicise their work.

This Church
Will play its part in teaching that domestic abuse is a sin.

This Church
Believes in a God of love, justice, mercy and forgiveness.

This Church
Will teach what it means to be male and female, equally made in God’s image.

This Church
Will seek to appoint advisors to encourage the use of good practice guidelines and keep our Church informed about the implementation and development of these guidelines.

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