Where can I find more information on religious issues and domestic violence?
FaithTrust Institute in Seattle, Wash.
The institute provides communities and advocates with the tools and knowledge to address the religious and cultural issues related to abuse. It offers a wide range of services and resources including training, consultation, and educational materials.
Educational materials include the video, “Broken Vows: Religious Perspectives on Domestic Violence,” which tells the stories of six battered women of varying faiths, as well as the book, “Keeping the Faith: Guidance for Christian Women Facing Abuse,” by institute founder the Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune.
The Rev. Dr. Aleese Moore-Orbih, director of training and consulting for FaithTrust, is based in Durham, N.C., and can be contacted at (919)956-2000.
Where can I find more information on resources for domestic violence victims?
- N.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- N.C. Council of Churches
- National Council on Child Abuse & Family Violence
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
- U.S. Department of Justice, domestic violence homepage
What can a church, synagogue, temple, mosque or other faith community do to prevent domestic violence?
- Form a committee to address domestic violence issues.
- Encourage clergy to speak out against domestic violence from the pulpit.
- Invite staff from local domestic violence programs to make educational presentations.
- Designate a day or month for educating and activating the congregation.
- Offer pre-marriage counseling dealing with equality, conflict, violence, and control.
- Use available curricula for youth that encourage the values of gender equality and nonviolent conflict resolution.
- Offer meeting space in your faith community facility to the local domestic violence program.
- Contribute financial support to local domestic violence programs.