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Domestic Violence Campaign

Violence and the Family


The members of Mother's Union, Scotland, whose vision is of a world where God's love is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships are supporting bills due to be debated at the Scottish parliament, in the autumn.  The aim of the proposed legislation will be to reduce violence in the family.


Trish Godman's Scottish bill aims to criminalise the commercialisation of sex by making it an offence to engage in paid for sexual activity and thereby act as a deterrent to traffickers, pimps and brothel owners. The hope is that legislation will be in place before 2012 and 2014 when London and Glasgow host the Olympic and Commonwealth Games which like any other influx of people will act as a catalyst for trafficking and prostitution.


Rhoda Grant another Scottish member of parliament aims to improve the safety of individuals who are survivors of domestic abuse. The Bill aims to increase access to justice by making Legal Aid non means tested and protect individuals from stalking by removing the need for a course of conduct before a non-harassment order can be granted.


The need both to support the proposed legislation and provide a prayerful response is incumbent on all who believe in the need to protect all God's people from injustice.  Support for women's refuges and men in prison indicate that members walk alongside all God's people.  


A caption which will form part of an exhibition highlighting domestic abuse and faith communities echoes these sentiments: - 'Domestic abuse is a fundamental failure to respect persons.  Christian faith teaches us that all people are made in the image of God and so to be respected.  They ought never to be reduced to mere objects of violence and desire. Faith therefore requires us to combat all forms of domestic abuse for the love of God and for the persons God loves' (+Gregor).

         Ann Glenesk

         14 August 2010





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