Domestic Abuse

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We will work hard to support the survivors of domestic abuse in whatever form it takes

We do not tolerate any form of domestic violence or abuse and will work with any relevant agencies to help eradicate it. This page offers some guidance as to what to look for if you suspect abuse may be happening.

It includes all violence and abuse of power within a household between:
  • Men & Women, Married & Unmarried, Parents to Children, Children to Parents, including elderly parents, and between non related parties.
  • Physical: Punching. Kicking. Hurting you in any physical way.
  • Psychological: Bullying. Undermining you. Calling you a failure.
  • Spiritual: Preventing you from Worshiping and following your Faith.
  • Financial: Taking your money.
  • Sexual: Demanding sex and Even Rape.
  • Emotional: Making you feel insecure. Turning friends and family against you, especially your children.
  • Neglect: Depriving you of food and everyday essentials.
We feel that any of this behaviour should not be an accepted part of Christian life.

If you know, or suspect, that children are at risk from witnessing domestic violence then you are legally bound to report it to the police or social services.

Helen Clarey is the Diocese Advisor on Domestic Abuse and is available for advice and information, contact Helen by e-mail:

If there are vulnerable adults present at scenes of domestic abuse you must think about whether it is appropriate to report it to the local adult social services.

If you require advice or information regarding Vulnerable Adults please contact the Diocese Adviser for Vulnerable adults, Sr. Ruth Reed, telephone 0151 705 2130 or e-mail:

To download a copy of the Domestic Abuse Referral flow chart click here


Church of England Polices

The Church of England has issued guidelines on domestic abuse which can be seen on their website.