1. "Spirit and Solace: Black churches and domestic abuse"
Women in faith communities take longer to seek support for domestic abuse. This study aims to identify the experiences, challenges and requirements of Black majority churches to effectively respond to domestic abuse. Black majority churches are churches of any denomination where most of the congregation are of African and/or Caribbean heritage and have an over 100 year history within the UK supporting members experiencing discrimination, including recent migrants. Despite their prolific presence and estimated 500,000 membership, we know less about how they respond to domestic abuse as they are minimally included in studies carried out in the UK. Heightened reports of domestic abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic 'Lockdown' further indicates the role of churches in community coordinated responses. An online survey, interviews and focus groups will provide data to promote effective responses, early intervention and multi-agency working within Black majority churches to assist victim-survivors in spaces where they feel safe. BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants SRG2021\210837 (£9,917).
2. Black Church Domestic Abuse Forum
I am research and evaluation lead for this collaboration of church leaders, advocate, academics, layers, journalist and advocates convened in 2016 with the aim to empower Black majority churches to better respond to reports of domestic abuse. The one-day domestic abuse training is based on the 'Walk in the Way of Love' toolkit that we adapted to the Black majority church context. Attendees are invited to complete a questionnaire before and after the training course with follow up support from the training team who are also church leaders. This is followed by a telephone questionnaire six months afterwards to assess changes and impact of the training on the church environment and response to domestic abuse. Funded by donations (£4000) and pledged £2000, per church trained, by The Cinnamon Network.
3. Emotional Cost of Violence and Abuse research
This project explores researcher motivations, processes and experiences during data collection and interpretation on violence abuse victimisation studies and aims to develop a toolkit for research students and supervisors. Funded by Independent Social Research Fund (£4000) (PI Dr Fiona Vera Gray, Durham University with Co-researchers: Dr Maria Garner, London Metropolitan University, Swati Pande and Dr Joanne Wilson).