We all have different pictures in our minds when it comes to domestic abuse but it has a wide scope in terms of definition and victims. What do churches need to consider when it comes to domestic abuse, and how can they walk alongside and help victims best?
In this episode of In:Dependence, Elinor Magowan and Rachel Sloan (FIEC Directors for Women's Ministry) are joined by Helen Thorne (Biblical Counselling UK) to discuss the issue and suggest how the church can be a community of hope for sufferers.
00:00 - Introduction
01:43 - Definition of domestic abuse
03:42 - Can we be naive about domestic abuse in church?
05:46 - Why did you write a book on domestic abuse?
08:28 - What do we need to consider in churches about domestic abuse
11:37 - Church as a community of hope
14:29 - Why focus on women in particular?
16:37 - Advice if domestic abuse is suspected
21:27 - Advice when a disclosure is made
25:14 - Walking alongside sufferers
30:37 - Advice for pastors
You can watch a video of this podcast and access further resources for church leaders on the FIEC website.
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