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  • 2017 Review 2017 Review 22 December 2017 — Jessica Clarke — Blog

    What a year 2017 has been!
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  • DARVO - Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender DARVO - Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender 07 November 2017 — Esther Sweetman — Blog

    DARVO refers to a reaction perpetrators of wrong doing may display in response to being held accountable for their behavior. DARVO stands for "Deny, Attack, and Reverse Victim and Offender." The perpetrator or offender may Deny the behavior, Attack the individual doing the confronting, and Reverse the roles of Victim and Offender such that the perpetrator assumes the victim role and turns the true victim into an alleged offender.
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  • Are there Harvey Weinsteins in the church? Are there Harvey Weinsteins in the church? 31 October 2017 — Peter Grant — Blog

    The Harvey Weinstein story exemplifies many of the issues that we set up First Man Standing to address. Abuse is much wider that Hollywood or Westminster. The stories and statistics are hard to read, but force us to face up to the reality that violence against women happens “in churches too”.
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  • 10 Traits that Characterise the Abusive Mentality 10 Traits that Characterise the Abusive Mentality 24 October 2017 — Esther Sweetman — Blog

    ‘He had originally denied the assault but when presented with video evidence changed his plea to guilty.’
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  • Christine's Story - Chap 2: The Escape 08 September 2017 — Esther Sweetman — Survivors’ stories

    All along I had a very strong sense that God was telling me:

    1.It won’t work out as you’ve planned

    2.It will be like a roller coaster ride in the dark - all you will be able to do is hold onto me with both hands.
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  • Christine's Story - Chap 1: The Realization 08 September 2017 — Esther Sweetman — Survivors’ stories

    The counsellor started to talk about the fact that my husband was using terms that abusive and controlling men use. Suddenly I saw it, I was shocked.
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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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  • 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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  • It might be nothing, but it could mean everything. It might be nothing, but it could mean everything. 26 May 2017 — Esther Sweetman — Blog

    A guide for people who think their friend, relative, neighbour or colleague may be in an abusive relationship.

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  • Reflecting on complementarianism and domestic violence 20 May 2017 — Guest — Blog

    Guest blog by Erica Hamence, Anglican Minister and Common Grace's Domestic & Family Violence Justice Team member.
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