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Supporting those facing domestic abuse 

It has been both speculated and observed how lockdown creates the conditions in which domestic abuse thrives.  What are the signs we should look for? How can we help those who are suffering?  What support and resources can we draw on if we feel out of our depth? This webinar looked into these topics through a conversation between Rachel Stone, BUGB Safeguarding Team Leader and Bekah Legg, Director of Restored, an organisation that aims to equip the church help end violence against women and girls.

If you would like to know more about supporting those who have experienced abuse, there are resources available from Restored and from BUGB free of charge.  A more detailed list of resources and support organisations is available in the BUGB guides shown below.

Restored publish a wide range of materials for churches, including specific responses to Covid 19 and more information on the forthcoming series of ‘Teatime Talks’.
Restored Relationships/Covid 19

Restored also publish a ‘survivor’s handbook’ that is free to survivors of abuse. Churches are asked to donate £10 per copy. You can find info about that here:
Restored Relationships/Survivors handbook

For those who have experienced domestic abuse, Restored run a survivor’s network for women
Restored Relationships/Survivors Support

BUGB: A guide to understanding domestic abuse PDF
BUGB: A guide to supporting survivors of abuse PDF
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Wednesday 17 March 2021: Tim Fergusson in conversation with Simon Barrington about how we may prepare ourselves and our churches and missional communities for recovery from restrictions and deprivations that have come with the pandemic.
Wednesday 10 February 2021: Tim Fergusson in conversation with Sue Clements-Jewery, experienced pastoral supervisor, about the fast growing trend among Christian denominations to offer pastoral supervision to their ministers.
Wednesday 13 January 2021: Tim Fergusson in conversation with Paul Cheesman, Global HR Coordinator at Agape about the best way to approach a 360 degree review of our work as ministers, as recommended in the CMD handbook.
Wednesday 9 December 2020: Tim Fergusson in conversation Helen Paynter about the best way to select reading that aids our growth and development.
Wednesday 11 November 2020: Tim Fergusson in conversation with three of the regional ministers from HEBA, Dave Ellis, Alison Mackay and Neil Le Tissier about making the most of ministers' meetings.