I'm the pastor of a rural, medium sized church.
A mother just phoned saying her daughter had been raped by her boyfriend.
What do I do now?"
The above are actual questions that have been asked by pastors.
Hope for Healing.Org is glad to be a resources for pastors who need domestic violence clergy information.)
Domestic Violence, Family Violence, Intimate Partner Violence. Different terms for the same problem. Any form of violence within a relationship or family. It can involve hitting or other acts of physical violence but it doesn't have to. Domestic violence also includes controlling the victim emotionally, spiritually, financially, physically or sexually. The victim is often isolated from friends and family until the perception on the victim's part is that there is no one left to turn to for help. Domestic violence knows no boundaries. That's why it is important for clergy to have information. Domestic violence happens in every socioeconomic level, race, age, religious background and in both genders.
>1:4 Women and 1:9 Men are victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives.
(CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey 2005).
>1 in 5 female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.
(National Domestic Violence Hotline)
Helping is easier than you think!
Admit that this happens in your church.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Anytime is a good time to raise awareness of domestic violence. During the months of April and October there is an added national focus. Use these tools to help in your congregation. If you need more help contact us. We can help you get the domestic violence information for clergy that you need.
Awareness Flyer Bulletin Insert Liturgical Readings Prayer Service Bulletin (Customizable) Ways to Help Pulpit Helps Domestic Violence Brochure Fact Sheet
Tips Creating a Safe Environment
Resource Sheet Prayers for Domestic Violence Prayer Service Scenarios for Awareness Moment
We are glad to help you find what you need.
Besides the website we also offer:
- Oasis Church Training so pastors can learn how to help survivors who are already within their church family
- Clergy email support
- Library book loaner program
- Speakers who can visit your church
- Referrals to local resources
- Education both online and offline
- And all of the resources listed below.
To find out about our Church Training program
download a free brochure here. Oasis Churches
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