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Gender-based violence

21 February 2014


From Jill Saward

Sir, - I attended the General Synod's debate on gender-based violence (GBV), and feel that it is important to emphasise what GBV is in more detail.

There seemed to be an understanding of the more well-known types of GBV, but the context is much wider. Gender-based violence is all violence against women, which includes: sexual violence, domestic violence, FGM, but also pornography, trafficking, stalking, honour-based violence, prostitution, and forced marriage.

Although it may be rarer to encounter some of the latter forms of GBV, they are happening within parishes, and it is important to know how, whom, and where to refer to, and what is and isn't appropriate. Some non-Christian services have a basis in Eastern or New Age practice which may be unhelpful for victims.

It is also important to be aware that even if these are not making an impact on your congregations, they are certainly issues within the wider Anglican Communion.


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