North Elmham pastor launches abuse survey
Anne-Marie Fewell, pastor of More2Life Christian Fellowship in North Elmham, has launched a survey asking for stories from people who have been abused in a Christian context, and is looking for anyone affected to contribute.
Anne-Marie is a Norfolk County Council trained Domestic Abuse Champion. Part of that role to raise awareness of domestic abuse in whatever field the champion is involved, which in Anne-Marie's case is the Christian church. The stories that get submitted will form the basis of Anne-Marie’s independent research, supported by More2Life Christian Fellowship, (formerly Victory Villages), the Baptist church in North Elmham.
Anne-Marie says “It is my understanding that those who have suffered domestic abuse in the church have in many, but not all, cases, been silenced or rejected. I am giving people who have been abused a voice to be able to share their story, whether the church acted positively or not, and what they would say to the church if they had a voice.”
Later into the project, she intends to run another survey for everyone in the church to be able to take part in, to get their views of the prevalence of domestic abuse in the Christian Community and how they perceive it is handled in the church. She will then compare the two views to highlight any disparity between the abused and the church.
“Once the project is complete, I hope to send the report to the leaders of the denominations to highlight the prevalence of abuse within Christian contexts, and have some suggestions about how we as the body of Christ can better support those in these situations” she explained.
Click here, if you wish to participate in the initial survey.
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