Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence are painful parts of our collective cultural landscape; 1 in 3 women, 1 in 4 men, and 1 in 5 teens experience Intimate Partner Violence in their lifetime. Every 9 seconds a woman is beaten. Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence is not just expressed as physical abuse. It is also thriving as alternative forms of control such as financial, psychological, emotional, sexual, and spiritual. Individuals are suffering in silence, in plain sight. As agents of the church, we can break the normative silence and offer a way forward that imbues agency and resilience.
If you are a pastor considering ways of deepening your awareness, creating sanctuary space for sensitized response and care, and shattering shame, stigma and silence around Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence check the sidebar for valuable resources. Some of these resources have been compiled to aid you in creating your own resource page for your church’s website.
The 2019 General Assembly includes a proposed resolution regarding Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence, please review and support GA-1928.
If you would like more information regarding workshops, trainings, or just to talk through the information listed here, you can connect with the co-author of resolution GA- 1928 here.
UN*SILENCE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
A MINISTRY THAT OFFERS: *New insights on the culture of abuse & trauma * Tools & Resources for support * Strategies for sensitized response * Ways to create sanctuary space for conversation and advocacy * Avenues of empowerment for survivors
National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Network to end Domestic Violence – Significant resources and legal updates
Domestic Shelters – Can help an individual find the closest shelter to their actual location. This site has many great educational links and services.
National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline
Visit the National Teen Dating Abuse website to chat with a peer advocate 24/7.
National Hotline: 1-866-331-9474
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Children and Teens
Teens: Crisis Services and Juvenile Justice
Break the Cycle is a web page geared towards teen dating violence awareness and action. The website offers educational materials, strategies for healthy relationships and more.
RAINN (Rape, Assault, & Incest National Network) Hotline
Nonconsensual Pornography Hotline
Victim Connect Hotline