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Domestic Abuse and the Churches

I’m sharing this piece from Little Bird because I believe it is important to raise this issue of Faith Groups focusing on keeping marriages together at the expense of listening to the abused.  In 2011, I was involved in Scottish Women’s Aid‘s Faith Groups Forum.  We met regularly over the space of 2 years to discuss our churches response to Domestic Abuse –  if, indeed. they had one.  Apart from a few notable exceptions, we all found it extremely difficult to engage hierarchies on this subject; a typical response would be,’Oh, we don’t have that problem here!”.  The main exception to this was The Seventh Day Adventists who addressed Domestic Abuse as a worldwide body, and shared their high quality resources with the forum.  Since then the Church of Scotland has appointed a Violence Against Women worker and a team to produce a policy framework, and liturgical and practical resources, reporting to the General Assembly this year, 2017.

My book WITNESS describes Sarah’s experience of Domestic Abuse, and how Church kept her stuck. WITNESS is available from my website and from Amazon

I leave with you the article from Little Bird

The number of American troops killed in Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2012 was 6,488. The number of American women who were murdered by current or ex male partners during that time was 11,766. That’s nearly double the amount of casualties lost during war. Where is the Church? The link between mass murders in […]

via Domestic Abuse…Where is the Church? — LittleBird…… Helping Abuse Victims Fly Through The Chaos



I am a writer and activist in the campaign to end violence against women and girls, often referred to as Gender Based Violence, or GBV. My book WITNESS was published in November 2016 and is available from,,, and all good bookshops. WITNESS tells Sarah's account of domestic violence together with the accounts and reactions of family, friends and professionals involved with her and her children. Extracts from WITNESS are published here. I live in a coastal village in the east of Scotland where I enjoy my glorious surroundings regardless of weather - Scotland is famous for having four seasons in one day! I love exploring ideas and beliefs, singing, reading and family & friends gatherings.

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