Responding to domestic abuse concerns

During the coronavirus pandemic staying at home was essential to prevent the virus from spreading. But, for some people home isn't safe.   It is anticipated that there will be a sharp rise in people calling for help as they are able to get out of the house and make safe contact with people. It is possible that there will be those in your church who have been affected by domestic abuse.
Within the next few weeks, it is anticipated that some Churches will be re-opening, in various forms and to varying degrees. Churches are viewed by many as ‘safe places’ and, in light of the above, we need to be prepared to receive disclosures or concerns being raised. This guidance has been provided to assist you in dealing with these.