New project dealing with Domestic Abuse to be launched this September

‘Open Up’ a new project dealing with Domestic Abuse is launching, 20th September, 7.30p.m. at St John the Baptist Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich IP4 4QE 

In recent times we have often followed news and stories about abuse. They have appalled and shocked us. As many as one in three women and one in five men have been abused at some time and the sad truth is that studies have shown it is every bit as common inside the Church as it is outside. Indeed in some churches it can easily be covered up and hidden.Open Up 2 colour logo 1-16

So ‘Open Up’ is a new project that is being launched under the charity ‘Selig (Suffolk) Trust’ that also runs the ‘Ipswich Winter Night Shelter’ and ‘Hope into Action’. It hopes to enable the church to address domestic abuse both within its own community and in wider society initially through:-

  • Increasing awareness in church communities of the existence and effects of domestic violence.
  • Encouraging churches to take necessary measures towards being recognised as places where domestic abuse is taken seriously, victims are believed and respected and perpetrators are safely challenged.
  • Providing ideas for theological reflection on issues of domestic abuse.

As that develops we hope that churches can become safe places for survivors of domestic abuse in all its different forms of control, whether physical, emotional, sexual, financial or spiritual. One of the experiences of those subject to abuse is isolation and providing safe places where victims and survivors can be real, open up to what is or has happened and receive love, belief, support and prayer, as well as signposting to the expert services.

Churches are in a unique position to offer this ‘soft’ community support that is vital for wellbeing alongside the specialist care already provided by other agencies.

We dream of a time when the figures for domestic abuse fall as light is thrown into this often hidden world. The freedom for individuals and their children will be great. We hope to see people being set free from the prison that abuse can put them in and indeed for perpetrators to Open Up themselves, face the consequences of their actions and develop positive behaviour patterns.
Come and hear more on the 20th September, 7.30 p.m. at St John the Baptist, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich IP4 4QE.

‘Open up’ is a project of the Selig (Suffolk) Trust Charitable Incorporated Organisation No. 1157245.

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