On this page you will find a list of simple, practical activities that any parish can engage in to raise awareness of domestic abuse and develop confidence in responding appropriately when abuse is suspected or reported.

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  • Domestic Violence Archbishop Longley

    The Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley talks about the Catholic Church’s teaching in relation to domestic abuse.

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  • Helplines

    These helplines might be useful if you are looking for advice or support services.

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  • About Us

    The Domestic Abuse Working Group was established in 2008 to support the development of appropriate responses to domestic abuse within the Catholic community in England and Wales.

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  • Catholic Family Ministry

    Family Ministry

    The bishops’ dedicated marriage and family life website offers news, information and sources of support across the Catholic community in England and Wales.

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  • Marriage Care

    Marriage Care is the biggest provider of formal marriage preparation programmes in England and Wales and has 200 counsellors offering relationship support.

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  • Papyrus

    Suicide is the leading cause of young deaths in the UK. PAPYRUS is the national UK charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide.

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  • Mental Health Project

    Offering a range of resources to help increase spiritual and pastoral support for those with mental health needs, their families and carers.

    Visit the Mental Health Project Website 

    CSAS is the national agency for driving and supporting improvements in safeguarding practice within the Catholic Church in England & Wales.

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Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline
Run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge

0808 2000 247


The Domestic Abuse Working Group (DAWG) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have gathered here a range of resources under the banner of CEDAR (Catholics Experiencing Domestic Abuse Resources) to help parishes, deaneries, dioceses, school and organisations in the Catholic Church in England and Wales grow in awareness of the issues surrounding domestic abuse.

Our aim is to create an environment within the Catholic community in which domestic abuse is understood and recognised as unacceptable and where appropriate parish responses are available.

For the purposes of our work domestic abuse is defined as: any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are, or who have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This includes men, women, adult children, disabled, sick and elderly family members.

If you know of any resources not included here which would support our aims please contact info@cedar.uk.net

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