Key Bible Text for Open Up
1 Corinthians 13.4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Abuse is impatient, abuse is unkind. It envies, it boasts, it’s proud. It dishonours others, it is self-seeking, it’s easily angered, it keeps a record of wrongs. Abuse delights in evil and hates the truth. It always attacks, never trusts, it kills hope, always perseveres to demean and destroy.
Abuse is a violation of the covenant of marriage – it is a form of unfaithfulness.
To facilitate a Church culture where Domestic Abuse is acknowledged, understood and recognised as unacceptable.
To cultivate an attitude of openness, honesty, transparency, love, hope and healing.
Through our education programme, increase awareness in church communities of the existence and effects of domestic abuse.
Encourage churches to take appropriate action to become places where domestic abuse is taken seriously, and victims and survivors are believed and respected.
Provide resources for theological reflection on issues of domestic abuse.
Help churches to recognise the potential dangers and their own limitations. To therefore ensure that victims of domestic abuse are signposted to the appropriate agencies and specialist organisations.
Set up Support Groups within the framework of Open Up where victims and survivors can find long-term encouragement and break isolation.
We are an inter-denominational Christian organisation, with God at the centre.
Prayer is foundational in every aspect of our work.
Power and control are central to domestic abuse, therefore it is important that, in every aspect of our work, victims and survivors are supported in their own choices.
Where requested, prayer ministry will be available because we believe full healing is possible with God.
Victims and survivors are enabled to allow themselves not to be defined by their abuse, their abusers or labels.
We seek to restore a healthy understanding of the nature of domestic relationships.
We seek to be mutually accountable before each other, modelling our behaviour on Philippians 2:2-4:
..[be] like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.