The Church of England is supporting the international campaign for 16 days of activism to end gender-based violence, as newly released figures show that there has been a 37% increase in reports of domestic abuse to diocesan safeguarding advisers over the past three years (2019-2021). The 16 days begin on 25th November.

A range of videos and resources will be published on the Church of England website during the 16-day awareness campaign and will include the voice of survivors of domestic abuse and individuals and organisations that support those experiencing domestic abuse.

View the information and resources here: 16 Days of Activism | The Church of England

In the first of 16 days of video resources, the Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek, calls on the Church to recognise and act on domestic abuse within the communities it serves. The long-established campaign begins each year on International Day Against Violence Against Women (November 25).

Speaking this week Bishop Rachel said:

“I urge as many people as possible in our churches to use these 16 days to undertake the Church of England training. As the Domestic Abuse Commissioner highlighted earlier this month, the cost-of-living crisis is rapidly becoming a national emergency for domestic abuse victims who cannot afford to leave perpetrators and these new stats show that there are more Church referrals than ever before. These 16 days provide a real focus for us all to shine a light in places of darkness and shadow. ”

Click here for more information on safeguarding in the Diocese of York.