The Church of Scotland Domestic Abuse Policy Statement
The Church of Scotland recognises that domestic abuse is part of the safeguarding and public protection agendas. It is also a component of the wider societal issue of gender-based violence.
Domestic abuse happens in all parts of society, including in faith communities. Domestic abuse is an issue for the Church of Scotland too.
We aim to:
- Raise awareness in local congregations, presbyteries, councils, forums of the Church and CrossReach Services about domestic abuse and its impact on individuals, children, the wider family and community
- Encourage Church communities to create safe pathways to support services for those affected by domestic abuse
- Increase awareness of and access to support services for those affected by domestic abuse and, where appropriate, for perpetrators
- Where appropriate, facilitate suitable training from appropriate agencies for key staff and relevant Church leaders and encourage Church members to undertake basic training
- Encourage collaborative working with other denominations and agencies.