Domestic violence also occurs among families in our churches, and pastors and church leaders need to be prepared to deal with this issue. Over the last 15 years, theraveproject.org has collected data from over 500 religious leaders concerning domestic violence. Here are some of the findings shared by theraveproject.org:
- Pastors believe that one in five couples in their congregation is violent
- 9.3% of pastors have counselled five or more victims of domestic violence
- 83.2% of pastors have counselled at least one victim of domestic violence
For this reason, theraveproject.org offers various online training resources to be used individually or with your council or committees to help pastors and other religious leaders learn about responding to victims of domestic violence.
Included in these online resources are:
- Religious reflections on abuse
- Domestic violence 101
- Useful fast facts
- Stories of hope
Consider choosing just one of these resources and share it with your Safe Church committee, deacons, elders or caregivers. Check out all of these excellent resources and be prepared to deal with these issues when they arise in your congregation.