Domestic Violence Response

Domestic violence is a social epidemic. Help stop it

“Husbands love your wives just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”  Eph. 5:25

In Ephesians 5, Paul has written instructions on how husbands should treat their wives.  However, every 24 minutes in the United States a woman is physically abused by an intimate partner.  

One in four women and one in nine men are physically, verbally or sexually abused by their partner. Domestic violence is an epidemic in this country.  It is not something that happens to someone else.  It is a problem that happens to our neighbors and friends, our family and members of our church.  We all know someone who is affected by domestic violence.  Read more…

The new Eastern PA Conference Domestic Violence Committee sponsored its first seminar, Domestic Violence: The Faith Coimmunity Responds, Nov. 17, 2018, at West Lawn UMC. The Rev. Lydia Mulkey (right), from FaithTrust Institute, keynoted the event and taught one of three workshops on:

  • Pastoral and Congregational Care, offering ideas for churches learning to understand and respond to the problem of domestic violence, including the needs and concerns of victims.
  • The AMEND program, designed to help men identify beliefs and attitudes that support abusive behaviors, and help them approach relationships with respect, equality and fairness instead.
  • Are We Ready for GenZ?  about domestic violence affects post-millennial, school-age, Generation Z youth and how we can help them understand, prevent and respond to DV in their social environments? A workshop especially for parents, guardians, youth ministers and teens.

Another, similar seminar is being planned for Sept. 28, 2019.

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

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