A recent article in Christianity Today highlights a few of the reasons why it can be difficult for those who have survived abuse to be in church.
A truly safe church environment is one where the congregation is aware of the many ways in which abuse is normalized in both secular and Christian cultures and is prepared to help survivors.
How many lives could be changed if the church talked as openly about abuse as any other chronic and life-threatening issues their congregants faced?
In her recent book Black and White Bible, Black and Blue Wife, Ruth Tucker offers a compelling and harrowing account of the ways in which unchallenged assumptions about gender hierarchy can create a climate of enabling abuse within the church.
Every 9 seconds in the U.S. a woman is assaulted or beaten. These women are our best friends, co-workers, and the lady in front of you at the checkout line at Target. How could I not speak up?
Statistics have shown that people, even once they are out of abusive situations, often return to the abusive relationship. How are congregations equipped for the task of building up and walking alongside others?
The 'Power and Control Wheel' has been used for many years to describe the central power and control dynamic that operates in many kinds of abusive relationships.
Are we able to see the evidence of abuse? Are those who suffer abuse in a relationship able to share what is happening without being blamed or judged?
Most people think only of physical abuse when they consider domestic violence, yet financial abuse happens in 98% of all cases of domestic violence.
Find helpful resources related to domestic abuse.
One Sunday each year (the fourth Sunday in September) has been designated Abuse Awareness Sunday. The annual email goes out, “Tell us what you did for Abuse Awareness Sunday”. Here are some responses from 2014.
This webinar is designed to help us understand the problem of domestic violence, so that we can recognize it and respond in practical and effective ways.
While questions remain about the NFL’s handling of domestic violence among players, further questions arise regarding how our culture, our church, views domestic abuse.
Are there warning signs in a relationship?
The body of Christ, the Church, has parts that are not functioning as they were designed because they are hurt by domestic abuse. It affects all of us. What can the church do?
RAVE stands for Religion and Violence E-learning. It provides excellent online resources including survivor stories and online training for pastors. The RAVE initiative seeks to assist families of faith impacted by abuse.
This handbook is for pastors and other church leaders to help them respond to and prevent domestic violence.