There are approximately 1500 local United Reformed Churches Across England, Scotland and Wales.
Coronavirus restrictions have meant families are spending increased time at home meaning more exposure to some potential risks than usual, as well as reduced contact with universal services who can help raise-awareness.
We know that abuse can escalate when families face greater pressure and stress, and the order to stay at home can cause anxiety for those who already feel at-risk. During this time, Refuge, a domestic violence charity, saw a 700% increase in calls for help in one day.
The government defines domestic abuse as an event or pattern of events of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between people aged 16 or over who are (or have been) intimate partners or family members.
Physical violence is just one type of abuse – domestic abuse can be any behaviour which is used to harm, punish or frighten you, or makes you feel bullied, controlled or intimidated. This includes mental, sexual, financial and emotional abuse and other harmful practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM), so called ‘honour’ based violence and forced marriage.
Friends, family, neighbours and community members can be a vital lifeline to those living with domestic abuse. If you are worried that someone you know may be a victim of domestic abuse, reassure them that the police and support services are still there to help and direct them to sources of support.
Faith may be the first place that people turn to in times of need. You can offer your support by:
Click here for practical support around working from home and domestic abuse
Please click the hyper link here for Asylum Seeker Support and changes to Asylum and Resettlement policy and practice in response to COVID-19.
The SCIE has developed this practical guide for recognising and responding to domestic violence and abuse. For further information relating to child protection and safeguarding, please see the NSPCC website.
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The Greenbelt festival this August Bank Holiday.
Posted on Monday, July 25, 2022
The URC are looking for stewards for the 50th Anniversary service at Methodist Central Hall Westminster on October 1st 2022.
Posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2022
David Jonathan (Johny) of the Grassroots Programme, Luton Council of Faiths and the Near Neighbours Programme has received an MBE Award!
Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Details of a range of brand new digital resources from the United Reformed Church.
URC Thames North Synod St Paul’s United Reformed Church, Newton Road, London W2 5LS
Phone 020 7799 5000
Email [email protected]