Domestic Violence Response

Seminar to help churches respond to domestic violence in families

By John W. Coleman

October is annually National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when attention to the ongoing crisis in domestic and intimate-partner violence increases thanks to the media and planned educational events. The Eastern PA Conference’s Domestic Violence Committee sponsored its third annual domestic violence (DV) seminar this past weekend, Oct. 9-10, as a two-session video-conference on Zoom.

Experts say the same COVID- 19 pandemic that is forcing groups to hold events online rather than in person, is also causing an increase in DV, as many families have been homebound for months to avoid exposure to the virus. As one expert puts it, “Good marriages have gotten better; but bad marriages have gotten worse.” Read more…

New Resource: Domestic Violence, Immigration, Gun Control

Violence against women and girls is a sin. It goes against God’s design and plan for us. And yet, one in three women experiences sexual or gender-based violence. Why is that? And what does it say about our theology that so many women and girls in our congregations are survivors of this violence?

Church and Society just published a new curriculum, “Hidden in Plain Sight: A Call to End Domestic Violence.” This study is designed to give adult education classes, church Bible studies, campus ministries and other small groups the tools to reflect on what the Bible and The United Methodist Church have to say about domestic violence.

The study has four hourlong sessions that look at different aspects and intersections of domestic violence.

  • Week One: Domestic Violence 101
  • Week Two: Domestic Violence and Motherhood
  • Week Three: Domestic Violence and Gun Violence
  • Week Four: Domestic Violence and Migration

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

I highly encourage you to use this resource sometime in October, but you can use it any time of the year.

We hope this will encourage people within your faith community to work to build healthy relationships and advocate for policies that end the threats of violence.

With gratitude,
Susan Burton
Director, Women’s & Children’s Advocacy
Church and Society

Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Domestic Violence Committee Information Survey

The Eastern PA Conference Domestic Violence Committee wants to determine how we can best help leaders and churches address the serious problem of domestic and intimate-partner violence in their communities.  If you or members of your church are involved or want to be involved, please tell us and let us help. Thank you for completing and submitting this survey questionnaire by April 6, 2020.

Send the completed survey or any questions to: Rev. Jacqueline Hines, Committee Chairperson, at  

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