We’ll gather resources that may be helpful in thinking about the roles faith communities can play in dealing with domestic violence.
What Victims of Domestic Violence Want Their Faith Leaders to Know – A powerful column by Joanna V. Hunter, whose book But He’ll Change (Hazelden) is a helpful guide for those working in the field of domestic violence.
Religion and Violence eLearning – This site seeks to inform religious leaders about ways to respond to domestic violence that are practical, compassionate and informed by the latest research and the best practices for professionals.
Broken Silence: A Call for Pastors to Speak Out – Survey results published in June 2014 about how Protestant pastors view issues of domestic violence.
Religious Leaders Must Break Their Silence – A July 24, 2014 column from The Baltimore Sun by Jim Wallis, Amy Gopp and Rick Santos that outlines a path for faith leaders to act to reduce domestic violence.
On Domestic Violence, the Church Has a Long Way to Go – A June 25, 2014 column on Sojourner’s God’ Politics blog by Phil Haslanger about some of the theological issues that faith communities have to grapple with around domestic violence.
Why Pastors Struggle With Confronting Domestic Violence – A May 9, 2011 column on the Huffington Post by John Shore about the ways pastors convince themselves that domestic violence is not really a problem in their congregation.
Responding to Domestic Violence: A Call to Christian Leaders and Laity – Rev. Al Miles is a minister in Hawaii who has working on issues of domestic violence for over 30 years. This is a sermon he gave in 2013 at Riverside Church in New York City. It runs about 30 minutes.
A priest shows the way – Fr. Charles Dohm is a long-time pastor in Chicago who has led the efforts there for Catholic churches and others to confront issues of domestic violence. In this April 12, 2013 story on the PBS show Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, Fr. Dohm talks about his work.
When I Call For Help: A Pastoral Response To Domestic Violence Against Women – One of the most detailed religious statements about domestic violence came from the U.S. Catholic Bishops in 2002.
Resources for Catholics – The U.S. Catholic bishops have links on this page to help priests and other parish leaders deal with domestic violence.
Power/Control Wheels – One way people working with domestic violence use to describe the dynamics at play is something called a Power/Control Wheel. This site has adaptations of that concepts using scripture quotes – some that reinforce patriarchy, others that reflect equality between genders.
Faith Trust Institute – This is a national, multi-faith organization working to end sexual and domestic violence. The link is to a page of articles from a wide variety of faith and cultural perspectives dealing with domestic violence.
Safe Havens: Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence – This Boston-based group has a wealth of material on its web site designed for faith leaders and faith communities.
I Believe You: Faiths’ Response to Intimate Partner Violence – A brief video with voices of women telling their stories and trust that God is with them in the midst of it all.
Sermon Starters – Dr. Rev. Miranda Hassett and Hannah Wagner Jacoby prepared ideas for sermons during October, domestic violence awareness month.
Preaching about Family Violence – Ideas and texts from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Bible: Barrier to freedom or precious resource – A look at Bible passages that can hurt and that can help.
Forgiveness/Recovery – Gayle Reed, PhD, is a nurse who has worked with Robert Enright on issues of forgiveness for survivors of domestic abuse. This is her web site.