Domestic violence a 'violation of God’s wish for humanity'

By staff writers
1 Jun 2011

Violence in the home is a “violation of God’s wish for humanity”, the Church of Scotland has been reminded in a hard-hitting report.

The Church of Scotland Guild, who are part of an interfaith group looking at the issue of domestic abuse, argue that violent partners “substantially damage” families, communities and society as a whole.

Following consultation with other faiths, the group wants to assure women that safety from abuse is essential to the good of any marriage. The report says: “abuse contradicts the sanctity of the marriage, and the abuser betrays the dignity of the marriage vows.”

And the Guild says those affected by domestic abuse should have the opportunity to enjoy safety, freedom, dignity and fullness of life.

Recommendations accepted at the Kirk's General Assembly, which ended last week, include the education of young people in the formation of healthy and respectful attitudes towards themselves and others.

Guild members across Scotland have committed themselves to continue to campaign on other issues of injustice such as human trafficking and exploitation, too.

The Guild gave away almost £1 million to the work of the Church last year, as well as raising £350,000 for its six partner projects. Membership has remained steady at well over 28,000 members.

The (Presbyterian) Church of Scotland is one of the two largest Christian traditions in the country, along with Roman Catholics.

* More on the Kirk General Assembly from Ekklesia: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/kirkgeneralassembly

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