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  • Why is Gwen walking a 100K of the Thames Path for Restored? Why is Gwen walking a 100K of the Thames Path for Restored? 15 August 2017 — Esther Sweetman — Blog

    I was one of those who carried the shame and stigma until I came across Restored, through them, and with a church where I was supported, my life has quite literally been transformed. Looking back just 4 or 5 years I see a woman I hardly recognise.
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  • I've Run Out of Fight I've Run Out of Fight 01 August 2017 — Esther Sweetman — Blog

    Recently BBC news highlighted a case where a man was jailed for 10 years for the manslaughter of his ex girlfriend after she killed herself as a ‘direct result’ of his coercive and controlling behaviour.

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  • What does it mean to be a good father? 14 June 2017 — Peter Grant — Blog

    Father’s Day is a chance to remember and honour our dads and the other men who have played a positive role in our lives. I want to turn this around to focus on our own role as fathers and to ask: What does it mean to be a good father?
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  • ​When churches don’t acknowledge abuse – and we have to leave. Paula's Story 25 April 2017 — Esther Sweetman — Survivors’ stories

    Many Christian women who are victims of domestic abuse end up having to leave their church.

    This blog looks at the issues regarding moving to a new church that I experienced – and three examples of God’s grace and love in enabling me to start afresh in a new fellowship.
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  • Be Bold for Change: Inspiration in the House of Lords 11 April 2017 — Esther Sweetman — News

    Restored was involved in a recent event at the House of Lords to mark International Women's Day.
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  • Domestic Abuse and Substance Abuse 17 March 2017 — Esther Sweetman — Blog

    ​In addition to a prior history of being abusive, heavy substance use is a major risk factor for domestic violence.


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  • Victim Blaming in the Media Victim Blaming in the Media 24 February 2017 — Esther Sweetman — Blog

    A recent article in the Daily Mail, written by Catherine Hakim, author of The New Rules: Economies Of Desire, says that wives who don’t have enough sex with their husbands are partly to blame for men committing sexual assault.
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  • Pornography: A Biblical Reflection Part 2 24 January 2017 — Peter Grant — Blog

    Welcome back to the second part of our blog on the Bible and pornography written by my good friend Paul Spray. In part 1 Paul looked at the scale of internet pornography and the assumptions underlying it. Here in part 2 he reflects on Biblical texts from Hosea, Jesus and the Song of Songs to help guide our response.
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  • Pornography: A Biblical Reflection Part 1 24 January 2017 — Peter Grant — Blog

    It is great to introduce a two-part blog which provides a Biblical reflection on pornography written by my good friend Paul Spray. In part 1 Paul looks at the scale of internet pornography and the assumptions underlying it. In part 2 he reflects on Biblical texts from Hosea, Jesus and the Song of Songs to help guide our response.

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  • Why I co-founded Restored 06 December 2016 — Mandy Marshall — Blog

    Ruth’s husband abused her – but her church did nothing to helpI met Ruth in 2006 when I visited Zimbabwe to scope out a project for Tearfund. I had just finished speaking to a group from her church when she approached me and asked to speak to me in private.Ruth ...
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