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
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.