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A time to speak out by Windsor Queensborough  

This book is an important read for every person in church leadership.  Windsor Queensborough does an excellent job in discussing the issue of domestic violence and the church. He uses the stories of Tamar and Joseph in the bible to speak out about this issue that the church has kept under the carpet for to long.

This book can be purchased on Amazon. Your church needs this book!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lending the Gift of my voice – Guest Contributor to WomenwithGifts.com

  

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to contribute a blog post to women with Gifts. It is a great website which raises awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault.

It also showcases the gifts and talents of many women. It was truly an honour to write for them. God is truly blessing the works of their hands in many ways.

Please take a moment to read my article and also look at the great work they are doing. They are currently doing a drive to purchase coats for women and children fleeing domestic violence situations. If you canplease  make a contribution to this great cause.

The link to my article is below. 

http://womenwithgifts.com/2015/11/05/lending-the-gift-of-my-voice-advocate-for-domestic-violence/

Domestic Violence Advocate ~ Jenny Allen’s Voice

   

I have had such a great response to my posts this month that I just wanted to share why I decided to start raising awareness.

I have worked in the field of education for over twenty years and seen many cases of domestic violence and its affect on the children who attended the schools I worked in.

I have also had the opportunity to assist these women escape from there abusers by just being there for them and encouraging them.  

Raising awareness is one of my new missions in life. 

Jenny Allen’s Voice – Life after Domestic Violence

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Once a person has left an abusive relationship there will be a period of adjustment and healing.

There are a few things a survivor can do to start a new life.

  1. Take time and space for yourself
  2. Seek counselling and emotional help
  3. Learn a new skill
  4. Be creative. Take up drawing, painting or writing.

Life after DV is a daily walk of healing and discovery. My prayer for each survivor is that they will see the beauty of who they are both inside and out.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for taking this journey with me and I pray you will join me in raising awareness.

Jenny Allen’s Voice ~ Domestic Violence Awareness (Introduction)

This month has been designated Domestic Violence (DV) Awareness month. So for this month my posts will be dedicated to raising awareness. These posts will be called ” Jenny Allen’s Voice” as I am lending my voice to the women who are unable to speak for themselves.

Lending your voice to those who are unable to speak up is so important. We can use our voice to profit ourselves, in fact we do it everyday but I would like to encourage you to lend your voice to causes that need it.

In this series I will be sharing,

1. 10 myths about DV

2. DV and the church

3.  How to support a friend

4.  How a victim can keep safe

5. What your church can do to help

6. Life after DV.

DV does not respect social class, colour, culture, socioeconomic status and even gender. DV against men by women is coming to light at an alarming rate but the majority of cases are against women.

What is Domestic Violence?

Women’s Aid (Womansaid.org) uses the Home Office definition of domestic violence which is:

“Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

• psychological

• physical

• sexual

• financial

• emotional

Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.”*) uses the Home Office definition of domestic violence which is:

In the UK domestic violence accounts for between 16% and one-quarter of all recorded violent crime.In anyone year there are 13  million separate incidents of physical violence or threats against women from partners or former partners. (www.womansaid.org accessed 25.08.2015).

In my next post I will be sharing 3 myths of domestic violence.

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