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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