Thursday 11 December 2014
Faith leaders, survivors of domestic abuse and community organisations have come together today at the Town Hall to explore how abuse and violence in faith communities can be tackled.
Organised by charity Adira and supported by Sheffield City Council, today’s event is the first of its kind in Sheffield.
Ursula Myrie from Adira has organised the event. She said: “We wanted to raise awareness of the fact that domestic abuse is happening in faith communities and get people talking about it. We need reverends, Imams and other faith leaders to know how to help people suffering from domestic abuse and sign post them to the right services.”
Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Independent Living, said: “No one should have to put up with domestic abuse. There is support available to help people affected by it and I’d encourage anyone to contact our helpline for advice and support.”
Contact the Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 808 2241, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sheffielddact.org.uk for more information.
Photo from L-R: Ursula Myrie from Adira, Abdool Kadir Gooljar, President of the Islamic Society, Alison Higgins from Sheffield City Council and Reverend Tina Hodges.