“Dating violence refers to a pattern of actual or threatened acts of physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse perpetrated by an adolescent against a current or former dating partner.”
Attached is a link to a free webinar on mandated reporting for churches. As National Child Abuse Prevention Month gets underway, take advantage of this opportunity to educate and inform your pastors and staff.
Power can control many things in your life, but it cannot control, or bring you, the love you seek.
Find helpful books, articles and documents on child abuse awareness.
Here's a link to the Safe Church Ministry brochure. Learn more about our ministry as we strive to equip congregations in Abuse Awareness, Prevention, and Response.
Here are four books that Safe Church Ministry recommends on the topic of bullying.
"Part of the work is ensuring that boundaries are established and maintained, the harm of sexual abuse is understood, and healthy relationships are actively talked about. Each of these is essential to prevention.”
Dove's Nest has created resources to help churches focus on the role they can play in child abuse prevention.
We are a mostly 65 and older congregation. We would like to put a SAfe church policy in place but most info is geared at a much younger congregation with children. Anyone have any suggestions/resources where we could go??
"Often, ministers want to resolve such matters internally through counseling with the victim or the alleged offender, without contacting civil authorities.” Richard R. Hammar goes on to explain that “such a response can have serious legal consequences.”
We can begin to prevent abuse by starting at an early age to teach our children respect for themselves and for one another; and by helping them learn what to do in situations that feel unsafe.
In our jurisdiction, background checks cost money. Many men are having to submit to an additional level of background check involving fingerprints because their birthdays are the same as a pardoned sex offender. This is an additional cost. The police do not hold on to the information, so if the...
“Remember that you can do more harm by supplying a child with words and ideas. Let the child tell her own story and give you the answers.”
“Too often, intervention occurs only after abuse is reported. Greater investments are needed in programs that have proven to stop abuse before it occurs – such as family counseling and mandatory parenting education.” - Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies
“Research shows that children often tell about their experiences many times before action is taken to respond.”
We can let people know that we are Christians who care about abuse, who want to see it end, and so does Jesus.
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Attached is the Presidential Proclamation:
“Since only .001 percent of all deaths occur in church, we can easily be lulled into thinking that such things could never happen to us. And yet the sad truth is, such things can and do happen to us. Churches are particularly vulnerable.” - Michael Jackson with the Enrichment Journal.
When gun violence occurs in public places, church members may wonder, “What if gun violence were to occur at my place of worship?” Are our churches prepared to deal with this type of crisis?
Think about what your little ones are hearing and seeing. “You may think that children are not listening, but perhaps they are,” says Bonnie Nicholas, Director of Safe Church Ministry. “Hearing more and more about this incident may be OK for you as an adult, but it is not healthy for young children.”
“If abuse is mentioned at all, it’s not going to be about male victims—theirs is a disenfranchised grief. It is not socially acknowledged, publically mourned, or homiletically addressed.”
“We cannot stick our head in the sand and think that abuse will never happen in our churches. It has happened and probably will happen in the future. We need to be prepared and do all we can to prevent it from happening.”
Male survivors of sexual abuse need to understand and be reassured that healing is possible.
"The Long Journey Home provides important and timely information and advocacy for the men and women living with the devastating effects of sexual abuse and rape."