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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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I remember one day I was sat in the lounge at home watching TV and the next thing I know I’m not able to move. I was paralysed with fear and shaking from head to toe. I had remembered a moment from the abuse I suffered. It wasn’t the first time I was haunted by these memories and it wouldn’t be the last. After each flashback to the past I would be exhausted and afraid to go out. I never knew what would trigger a memory until I started writing down when and how each event happened. I didn’t know that I was suffering PTSD until I did some research and recognised the symptoms.

This is the result for many women who have suffered domestic abuse. They get on with life and they work hard to get through each day. You wouldn’t know until you asked what was really going on for them. Once the abuse is over and the perpetrator is no longer in there lives most people assume they’ll be ok now. But this is not the end for them, they are still effected by the abuse and need help to deal with the memories and trauma of the abuse. Often they seem to be the women who are tough and hard but check with them and underneath you find that they are hurting and are haunted by the memories of abuse, words, physical actions and intrusive thoughts that are lies about who they are.

When survivors of domestic abuse experience the effects of it in there every day lives they need a space to be able to recognise it and process it. To talk about what has happened to them and what they feel now. They need compassion and respect and they need to know they’re not alone or weak. Each day calls for a mammoth amount of effort to get through it when you live with fear of memories of abuse assaulting you again and again. Facing these memories head on takes guts and an equally mammoth amount of courage.

In one of my fave TV shows West Wing the storyline starting with Josh being shot weaves in PTSD. It is real in the sense that this is often how PTSD sufferers feel.

JOSH You said you diagnosed me in five minutes. What was the diagnosis?

STANLEY You have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

JOSH Well, that doesn’t really sound like something they let you have if you work for the President. Can we have it be something else? Seriously, I-I think you might be wrong about that. I-I’m not tryin’ to be difficult.

STANLEY I don’t think you are.

JOSH I know that I-I’m givin’ you cocky answers, I that should be…

STANLEY Listen…

JOSH I know that you want me to talk about my feelings.

STANLEY No I don’t, Josh. The last thing I want you to do is talk about your feelings. I think if you heard a tape recording of this day, you wouldn’t hear the word ‘feelings.’ What we need to be able to get you to do is to remember the shooting without reliving it. And you have been reliving it.

For survivors of abuse the end goal would be able to remember what happened to them without reliving it and being fearful.

So what can you do if this is happening to you. First of all you need to know that you are not crazy or mad but very normal and a survivor. You have survived a traumatic relationship.

Secondly you need to get help from other people. You need support. You won’t always feel this way. But you do need help.

Thirdly be kind to yourself, look after yourself and look for ways to nurture yourself.

Find helpful ways to ground yourself. If it helps to carry a certain safe scent that enables you to stay in the now or reminds you that you are safe when you’ve had a flashback then do that. What helped me was lavender oil. Or it may be that holding a certain object reminds you that you are safe now. A hot water bottle or a blanket or a book. Music can help in this way too. Mindfulness can help. Find what helps you to feel safe and use that to ground yourself.

If you want to understand more about PTSD the links below will help.

Helpful links:

www.tag-uk.net

www.mind.org.uk

assisttraumacare.org.uk

 

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Control - #NametheAbuse

Jan 04 2016
By: Eddie
Categories: #NametheAbuse
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Control – #NametheAbuse

Isolating a partner from family & friends is a tactic of control used to break a partner down. Taking or monitoring a partner’s mobile or iPad is abuse! Restricting a partner’s movements to the house or flat is abuse! Hostility towards a partner’s loved ones to isolate the partner is abuse!

Coercive control is now illegal in the UK

You can help #NametheAbuse by sharing this Youtube video

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Can We Talk by Toby Butler

Men in the United Kingdom face many difficulties, but also many opportunities. Gone are the days where men are pigeon holed into acting a certain way, due to the diversity of belief and culture on our shores. For example, it has become more socially acceptable for Dads to be stay at home parents, particularly within the predominantly white middle class, gone are the days where single stereotypes fully dominate, for example you can be a poet and a huge football fan, and long gone are the days that a majority of men open up willingly to matters of the heart, if this were ever true.
What does exist clearly are big repeated messages, such as to be masculine is to have control and power in whatever context. I was made redundant recently, and it was hard for many reasons, but the primary one was that another person had control over what happened to me. I was helpless however good I was at the job. I had no power, no control, and that challenged my own perception of masculinity. I want to provide for my family. I want to say I am successful down the pub. I want to feel like I have power in a situation. These feelings are not bad in themselves, but learning to channel and nurture them well is essential. I know my temper well enough that I must speak how I feel or the steam train comes quick. Often that steam train will be directed at those who love me mosI have many different types of male friends. Some atheists, some fire-breathing Christians, some agnostics, some lower-middle class, some very wealthy and some very middle class. Whatever label one assigns to a friend, there have always been three defining factors when considering someone a close friend or not. Openness, vulnerability and honesty. I struggle to act out these factors sometimes, and I have certainly spent swathes of my existence hidden. For example, I have always struggled with the temptations of porn, with gossip and with not believing in myself. This is a side I am very good at shoving down the sofa, even though it manifests in different ways, such as running away from a challenge, lustful thoughts and speaking ill of others. I wrote the song called ‘Can We Talk’  for the Dwell Project, which is a phenomenal charity preventing domestic violence against women. (Watch this video to hear it.) 

 

 

As much as my instinct would be to give every woman a good-hearted terminator security guard, I sense that peace and transparency always wins, in every occasion, even if it comes with short-term costs. Our judicial system is set up in this way. If a murderer pleads guilty, then the charges are less. If the murderer shows signs of remorse, this is also taken into consideration. I write and ‘spit’ poetry intending to connect to the heart of an individual, and usually in the process get changed myself, as I want to be an example of a transparent heart. Here is a lyric from the single:

We know its pride when men don’t talk 

We tell the world we feel cheese when we‘re just chalk 

Inner voice speaks to us plus we trust thoughts 

Suicide rates through the roof chimney falls off

Men must talk.
When we speak out how we feel, it breaks an inner chain of cold steel silence. The darkness wants us hidden, whereas freedom calls for us to speak out! Silence always loses; a voice always triumphs, even in the shadows. Talking to each other gives a window for us to redeem ourselves through our honesty. Here are a few more lyrics from the track:

Company will define you 

Intimacy/ into me see/ come on shine through

You once desired truth/but now you hire suits

Pouring gasoline on your dreams like they fire proof

The company we keep can easily define us, and there is no worse company than only ourselves. Men are made to be connected to reality, we are designed from our core outwards to be alive to others and we were created for much more than staring at screens and smacking other beings. There is such healing in telling others what is going on in our hearts. Truth will set you free. My wife knows me better than anyone, and she knows my struggles left, right and centre, but the incredible thing is, when she sees me prevail over my inner pain she can see the work of victorious light shining through me. This in turn gives her permission to do the same, and vice versa. Final piece of lyric:

The saddest thing for me is watching all your art go 

Part you, part fake, part half fast show

But I ain’t laughing at your silence as we pass bro

It’s good for men to talk so we can both pen our chart growth

It deeply saddens me that domestic violence is so prevalent in our society. I intend to never abuse or physically hurt my wife, but I know that one of the key ways this will never happen is if I allow male friends into my life. Legends are made from vulnerable men. This doesn’t mean we have to cry and cuddle, but it means I must not lie, and I must be open to what is going on in myself and share vulnerably. Fear is silencing, whereas truth is deafening. It’s time to speak to someone, as they may need to speak to someone too. Play your part in preventing domestic violence, by killing it in yourself. In an age of endless cyber connection, lets make sure our hearts are eternally connected to another, and the fruit will not be Apple’s growth, but Adam’s nourishment and flourishing.
Bless you all
Toby
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Words that Change your World

I love to read & I love words. I love that words can convey powerfully our love for each other. I love that words can express our inner deepest thoughts just by using a few of them. I love that words in a card or letter can encourage & inspire & change a person’s day. I love words therefore I love to read.

I have hated words & I have loved them. I hope I have made them right - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Sometimes our words are not loving, not made right, but they are just as powerful in a negative way. They can destroy a person in their inner being, in their soul. When words are used in this way they are abusive & the person using them becomes a perpetrator of abuse. The person on the receiving end of these words can be rejected, brought down, begins to doubt themselves & their own worth. Words repeated again & again have more & more power to destroy the person they were aimed at to the point that the person dies inside. Because the results of words are not physical or visual we can underestimate the power of our negative destructive words.

The words I am speaking to you are spirit & life – Jesus (Jn 6:63b)

 

 

The good news is words can also bring life. My husband often says: “I love you”, “You are funny” & “You bring joy into my life”. These words are life giving to me. These are powerful words he says that I receive into my soul & they lift me up & give me life in the sense that I’m energized & encouraged & empowered by these words to be me. What are the words that give you life? What are the words you say to people around you that give you life? What about the destructive words are there people who say these to you often?

You choose death or life in your words. 

 

What can I do to Help? 

1) Share our #NametheAbuse videos on Youtube

2) Contact us to book a Dwell workshop

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Dwell Project – New Youtube Videos

Mar 27 2015
By: Eddie
Categories: The Dwell Project Video, Youtube Video
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“We live in fear of violence at the hands of men who say they love us. We are hurt, abused, violated & even killed in our own homes.  Often our faith is used as an excuse for our oppression. We are isolated, cut off & alone. When our control is taken from us we don’t just loose our freedom we lose our identity too” (Voice of 1 in 3 women)

The Dwell Project will not be silent about the violence against women that we see & hear about every day. Our aim is to prevent domestic violence. At The Dwell Project we influence change by encouraging men & women to stand together against domestic violence. We run violence prevention workshops, online campaigns & encourage partnerships between Christian & Muslim, men & women. Together we are speaking out. We can’t be silent about domestic violence. We choose to speak out & stand because every woman has a right to truly live, free of violence & the fear of violence.

You can help by sharing our Youtube video on Facebook or Twitter & by organising a Dwell workshop.

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The BBQ & the Casserole – Chef Tim Hirst Guest Blog

I wasn’t dreading going home for dinner, but I wasn’t exactly relishing the prospect either. Going to the parents’ for dinner is usually comfort food heaven: proper old school roasts with all the trimmings, or a hearty casserole that hugs you from the inside; & always seconds or even thirds of pudding. But today Dad was cooking!

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Mum had broken her arm & so Dad had been drafted into the kitchen. I’m not sure whether he received a guided tour, a health & safety induction, or even a map to the kitchen; but it was certainly unfamiliar territory for my old man. Occasionally, Dad would have to cook for my brothers & I when we were kids & we knew that meant only one thing: baked beans on potato waffles, maybe with some bacon if he was really pushing the boat out. The thought that my dad went nearly sixty years without ever properly cooking somewhat horrifies me. Of course, he was a product of his time. Today’s modern man would never get away with such surreptitious shirking from the stove would he?
It’s certainly true that in the age of celebrity chefs & ubiquitous TV cooking competitions it’s far more normal to see a man in the kitchen. Most fellas can happily knock together a spag bol or chicken fajitas when required. Yet, I’d argue that there’s still a distinct gender division in daily household cooking. This disparity can be represented by two cooking vessels: the barbecue & the casserole.
Men love to barbecue. Every June or July, as soon as the sun promises to keep long evenings warm a very midsummer madness descends & men who have barely buttered a slice of toast all winter are lost within a fug of smoke around the barbecue. Suddenly, cooking becomes a macho, carnivorous activity to be done with a beer in hand. Whilst the sun shines, cooking is a man’s job. What is it about cooking outside over a naked flame that entices man out of his culinary apathy? Is it a primeval instinct, some genetic hardwiring to hunt, make fire & provide; or is it collusion with a long-enduring narrative of power? Man cooks when he wants, when it suits him, when there’s prestige in it. Even as Jamie’s disciples move from the barbecue into the kitchen, climbing the culinary ladder to experiment with beef rending & pad Thai; men still tend to cook to show off. We do the glamour cooking, the Friday night dinner party or the Sunday morning pancakes.
But when it comes to 6pm on a Wednesday evening, in most households, it’s still the woman who knows what’s in the fridge, who throws down her handbag, kicks off her shoes & wanders across to the stove. And sometimes, if the man is lucky, she might pull down the well-worn stoneware casserole & put on a stew. The casserole is slow & unglamorous. There are no flambés. There’s no need for gadgets. The casserole is hearty, nourishing & economical. It will often produce enough for tomorrow as well & it even tastes better the next day. It represents feminine cooking in that it’s no-nonsense, practical & everyday. Whilst our Jamie Oliver inspired men may break out into the kitchen on a Friday night to play Masterchef, it’s largely down to the women to reliably put dinner on the table day in & day out. Despite our pretences to domestic equality, it is often women who do the shopping, plan the meals & run the home.
Research suggests that 8 out of 10 married women do more household chores than their spouse & 70% of all housework done in the homes of cohabiting couples is done by women.
Ironically, the word we have for wisely using what you have & managing the household economy well is husbandry. Wives make better husbands. So what does all this matter anyway? Shouldn’t we be celebrating man’s greater involvement in the kitchen, even if it is limited to weekend glamour cooking? Yes, but it’s not enough. In previous generations women would often stay at home with the arrival of children. It was a logical division of labour for the woman to cook at home whilst the man was out working in paid employment. But now that both men & women often work, why should it still be the woman who comes home to the responsibility of putting dinner on the table? This doesn’t seem fair, and too often it can lead to the preparation of mid-week dinners becoming a laborious chore to be endured or avoided via microwave dinners & take-aways.
If the responsibility for preparing meals was shared, perhaps we would have more time to cook nutritious meals properly & share them around the dinner table. Perhaps us men could take pride in a quick mid-week veg curry that’s tasty, cheap & gives others time to relax after a hard day at work too. The barbecue’s fun, but the casserole is indispensable. Reassuringly, it’s never too late to start. That fateful night at my parents’ house; despite nearly sixty years of kitchen avoidance, my Dad, under the careful tutelage of my Mum, made a dinner that was comforting, nostalgia-inducing & delicious. He brought a casserole to the table. Newsflash! I’ve just spoken to my Dad on the phone. This evening he is cooking, from a step-by-step recipe kit, pork & apple sausages on polenta with a blue cheese sauce. Wow, if only I lived close enough to pop over!

10 Days to Go until Chef Tim Hirst kindly hosts a Dwell Dinner at Fusion Sheffield where we will screen our #NametheAbuse videos.

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5 Stereotypes of Men from 2014?

1. Qi Guy

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Qi Guy is devoted to pure logic & he’s rooted deep in Western culture. 500 years ago the philosophy of Descartes crowned Reason king. The Gutenberg Printing Press was invented & Martin Luther ‘The Married Monk’ began the Protestant Reformation on the basis that through Reason all men could read the scriptures for themselves. Rationality was institutionalised in civil society as an individually masculine trait in opposition to emotion which came to be seen as inherently feminine. Over time this had a negative impact on men’s mental health – perhaps one reason why today suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50.

2. Call of Duty Dude

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Call of Duty Dude is marked by an addiction to the ideas of danger, espionage & physique. This dude’s not new – he’s been around for a while. 200 years ago John Le Marchant set up the world’s first military academy at Sandhurst in Britain. George Washington set up West Point in the US & Napoleon followed suit.  These were the first national armies set up to train ‘gentlemen cadets’. Masculinity based on chivalry, honour & violence became institutionalised through the world’s professional militaries.

3. Downton Gent

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In the First World War most British officers were recruited from the Gentry – a class of hereditary landowners who controlled British politics up until 1924 when for the first time the son of a farmer & housemaid became Prime Minister. The Gentry institutionalised a masculinity which gave men the prerogative to have secret sexual affairs with lower class women whilst consigning their wives to unfaithful marriages to keep family honour & avoid scandal. Downton traces the story of the rise of Women’s Rights. Yet in 2014 the UK (23%) & US (18%) had fewer female MPs holding seats than in Afghanistan (28%).

4. Forbes Fellow

Forbes Fellow is driven by innovation, trade & people-management.  The era of Empire-building fuelled by the Industrial Revolution saw men become explorers, colonisers & sea-traders. The industrialists institutionalised men in charge of the work houses & factories. Over time these small industrial economies grew into global business economies mostly managed by men. In 2014 just 15% FTSE 250 company board members were women.

5. Relational Men

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Where do some blokes get the idea that we’re entitled to rational control, physical or political power, sexual or economic control over women? You don’t need to look back far into history to see where this ideology comes from. You don’t need to look hard today to see domestic violence against women is a global epidemic suffered by 1 in 3 women.
But there’s a growing tide of men committed to unlearning the lies we’ve been sold by history about being a man. There’s a growing tide of men who’re open to vulnerability. There’s a growing tide of men who put the adventure of healthy relationships above work, above honour, above power. Will you join us?

Keep your eyes peeled for our 2015 Campaign…

 
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Guest Blog: Principles for Christian-Muslim Encounter

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I had the experience recently of presenting some guidelines on how Christians should relate to Muslims. It is a common part of my work and on this occasion I was tracing how our thoughts, within the Christian Muslim Forum, had developed from our Ethical Witness Guidelines via our Local Encounter commitment to our current ‘Principles’ which we aim to offer to as many Christians as possible.
Ideally as Christians, or as Muslims, we don’t need guidelines to tell us how to relate to each other as our Scriptures tell us how to do that anyway, though perhaps not in terms of doctrine. This is one reason why some people say that it’s best to keep theology out of our encounters with people of other faiths.
The Bible tells us: ‘Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect’ (1 Peter 3.15)
There is always a certain awkwardness around guidelines, especially of an interpersonal nature. Even the 1 Peter text suggests that there are difficulties both with those who are asking, and those giving an answer – potentially hatred, confrontation or a less than loving way of sharing what we believe. Indeed it is not easy, it can be new and scary for us, if it is unfamiliar, though exciting and wonderful when we experience it, and we don’t know which before it happens. Sometimes our leaders and pastors are in the same position as us and cannot give a lead because it is outside their experience too.
I know all too well, from my own experience, and observing that of others, that meeting someone different is a great, transformative experience. Sometimes all ‘inter faith’ has to do is create the right kind of space and let people of different faiths meet each other – ‘I’ve always wanted to meet …’, ‘I didn’t know that’, ‘I’ve always wanted to ask …’ But we can’t be everywhere, hopefully we can create lots of spaces, but never enough, and while we have large turn-outs for some events there are many more who have never properly met someone of another faith.
So what do we say about those encounters, how do we encourage more people to take part, what is our message? Without asking these questions, when I gave my presentation a different approach to the usual ‘worthy’ guidelines was suggested by the audience. So often guidelines are very careful, they say the right thing sensitively but it’s as if negative outlooks shape the agenda. Trying to represent the views and needs of a diverse group across different faiths can take us away from the heart of why we want to encourage encounter. In short it is not the language of do’s and don’ts but of excitement and possibility. As the Apostle Paul says, ‘the letter kills and the Spirit gives life’ (2 Corinthians 3.6). Or, truth is in the heart, not on a piece of paper.
I asked my colleagues how they would put the heart of inter faith encounter onto my flipchart pad, and they came up with these: ‘We are excited that inter faith dialogue will lead to new understanding’, ‘We are open to the possibility of inter faith encounter being transformational’.
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To my mind both ‘transformation’ and ‘excitement’ fit well with how the Bible talks of responding to God and sharing in God’s love with others. For Christians, and all of created humanity, this is how we should live, or work, to improve society so that it can offer this, whether it is education or foodbanks. I haven’t yet given a talk on inter faith where I say – ‘All you need to know about inter faith is summarised in one word – love’. It can sound trite but it needs to be recaptured, fears and suspicion (and uninspiring statements) come from the place where the voice of love is lacking – consider how much love is in politicians fear or manipulation of issues around immigration, especially when contrasted with the Biblical view of caring for the stranger.
How much more is caring for the stranger, including getting to know them and sharing in what is important to them (and vice versa), an indication that we live in a Christian country than the prevalence of organised religion? We should also talk more about peace, which often seems to be a neglected part of our Christian message when in fact it is central. What kind of peace are we sharing with our neighbours and colleagues of different faiths? As well as living out our faith, it is peace which builds a harmonious and fruitful society. So will Christians be involved in inter faith? Yes, they will be at the forefront of it, excited at the prospect of following their Master in sharing love and peace, and when things are difficult, helping to create both of those. Because what else would the Christian do?
Of course this doesn’t answer all the questions, which is, in fact, where our guidelines come in! So please look up those I mentioned in the first paragraph and feel free to continue the dialogue with the Christian Muslim Forum, or support us, at www.christianmuslimforum.org.
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Frocktober 2014: You can help prevent domestic violence!!!

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What is Frocktober?

Last year we ran a campaign called Frocktober on Facebook with the aim to raise awareness about domestic violence everyday throughout October with a selfie and the truth about domestic violence. Many of you were responsive to it & said you learned more about the truth of domestic violence. So we’re doing it again and we want to involve Christian and Muslim women. Each day of October 2014 we will post a different picture of a Christian or Muslim woman who wants to speak out about domestic violence with information about the myths & how to prevent it happening to you, your sisters & friends & colleagues. And where to go for help.

Why Frocktober?

Frocktober is not just about the dress, it’s about empowering women. Empowering each other to speak out about domestic violence. A devastating experience that 1 in 3 of us will experience in our lives.An experience that ends in death for at least 2 women a week! It’s about saying we will no longer be silent about the violence against women we hear about, we see and experience in our homes and communities.
When women all say together we stand against domestic violence, women of different ages, ethnic groups and faiths then we are stronger. Each one of us counts and together we are stronger. We are stronger because our voice is louder than the voice of one. The power of the group empowers the ones and twos.
The world today is full of violence, division, and separation but the holy grail of female empowerment is the idea that when women support each other, we’ll all become stronger and more liberated to make our way in the world.
Join us, share your voice and speak with us louder and stronger against domestic violence.

How to join the campaign?

Start by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Click & print this document all women
Step 2: Take a selfie whilst holding the piece of paper
Step 3: Email it to thedwellproject@gmail.com
Step 4: Like our Facebook page & follow us on Twitter to follow the campaign
NB: The pictures you send to us will be posted on facebook and twitter throughout October and be printed out as part of an exhibition which we will be running around the UK.
For more information get in touch with The Dwell Project at thedwellproject@gmail.com

 

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Stuck In The Middle

It was July 2012 & it was a lovely warm summers day outside. The Olympics had started in London & I tried to watch as much as I could on TV. Every time a British female athlete won a medal I cried. I cried because I felt strongly about the opportunities the female athletes had at the Olympics to compete in sports that historically they were counted out of. I cried because each time they won a medal represented a small victory against misogynistic ideas & it would inspire the next generation of girls who looked on.
4,847 women will take part in the London 2012 Games. Never before will so many have run, jumped, swum and ridden at an Olympic Games. Never before will any have boxed at the Olympics. Never before will every competing nation have been represented by at least one female athlete. And never before will a sporting regiment of women have had so many medals to win.

Robin Scott-Elliot, Independent Newspaper, Thursday 26th July 2012. Before the London Olympics 2012.

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My husband & I were contemplating the new project we were setting up & its vision. The Dwell Project started in September 2012 aimed at preventing domestic violence in faith communities. As I thought about the purpose of the project I wondered if anyone would have a problem with it. Surely everyone wants to see an end to domestic violence, don’t they?! Therefore they wouldn’t have a problem with our aims.
A few months after we started we were meeting with groups from non faith & faith groups to discuss partnership work. We were surprised by the response from both groups. The response from non-faith groups was hostile & territorial. They didn’t think faith had anything to bring to the table & therefore didn’t believe a faith based project like ours could help end domestic violence. Wasn’t Christianity patriarchal & therefore condoning domestic violence, rather than as we believe, an inspiration for ending it? It was frustrating & discouraging to hear this over & over again.
Then when we met with faith leaders we would often come up against denial that domestic violence existed in their community. We spoke at churches to church leaders & heard the argument – what has this got to do with us? This doesn’t happen in our community. The influence & change they could bring to culture in their churches didn’t seem to change their thinking either.
From the beginning we felt stuck in the middle of these 2 responses & one question remained as urgent as ever: Will we as Christians be drawn further into alliances with male abusers or draw together to end domestic violence? We hope that we can have an impact on those who are in faith groups to face up to the reality of domestic violence in their own communities. Partnership is still an important part of who we are & therefore we won’t give up trying to work together with others.
Together we can end domestic violence. We can’t do this on our own. Our faith in Jesus is the reason we exist & Jesus himself is our model for how & why we work to end domestic violence.
We haven’t been shocked at these responses & we’ve also been surprised by really positive responses from faith & non faith groups to the work we are trying to do. Groups that we didn’t think would be interested have invited us to speak at their events. We’ve run interactive workshops for 82 faith leaders across the UK in the past 6 months.
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The London Olympics was a great success for women’s sport all over the world but also a step in the right direction against sexism & gender inequality.
Lets keep on going as we have a long journey ahead & we’ve only just started walking.
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