DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES FOR FAITH COMMUNITIES
Recorded Webinar: Why Faith Matters to DV Survivors
Recorded Webinar: Elder Abuse and Faith
Tips For Faith Leaders When Working With Abusive Partners
Knowing how to respond to an individual who chooses to abuse their partner can be very difficult. The New Hampshire Governor’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence offers some quick do’s and don’ts for how to respond to abusive partners while maintaining the confidentiality and safety of the partner who is being abused.

  1. Meet in a public place or with other people around. Most abusive partners will only focus their rage on their intimate partner, but you still should be careful of your own safety. Prior to meeting with the abusive partner, find out the extent of the violence from the victim. Has the abusive partner assaulted anyone else? Under what circumstances?
  2. Be prepared for the abusive partner to confront you. If the abusive partner becomes aware that the victim has spoken to you, s/he may seek you out to tell their ‘side’ of the story. The abusive partner may come to you to find out what the victim has said to you. The abusive partner needs you to believe that s/he is not at fault, and will try to convince you that the fault for the abuse lies entirely with the victim, or deny it altogether. Do not confirm or deny anything the victim has said to you or even whether you have spoken with the victim.
  3. If the abusive partner is arrested, support accountability. It is inappropriate to advocate for the abusive partner to avoid legal consequences for the behavior, or to provide a character witness for legal proceedings. The greatest chance for change lies with the abusive partner being held accountable for the violence.

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JCADA Clergy Resource Center
JCADA’s Clergy Resource Center offers a selection of resources geared toward clergy and community leaders working with domestic violence survivors. Resources include examples of sermons that clergy may want to incorporate into their own sermons, as well as additional resources that offer guidance on how to respond in a way that honors and acknowledges the cultural values of the Jewish community.

Check it out here.

Safe Havens Webinar Series – What’s Faith Got to Do With It? Supporting Victims and Survivors of Faith
Addressing Domestic Violence: Working with Christian Faith Leaders
Presented by Rev. Al Miles
Thursday, March 14 at 2:00 pm

Responding to African American Victims & Survivors
Presented by Ujima, The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community
Wednesday, April 10 at 2:00 pm

Responding with RAHMA: Removing Roadblocks for Muslim Survivors
Presented by HEART Women & Girls
Thursday, April 25 at 2:00 pm

Nuestra Fe/ nuestra Fuerza: Apoyando a las victimas y sobrevivientes latin@s de violencia domestica
Presentado en espanol por Casa de Esperanza
Thursday, April 30at 2:00 pm

Our Faith/Our Strength: Supporting Latinx Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence
Presented by Casa de Esperanza
Thursday, May 2 at 2:00 pm

Domestic Abuse through a Jewish Lens: Shanda, Stereotypes, and Shalom Bayit
Presented by Journey to Safety, JF&CS of Greater Boston
Tuesday, May 7 at 2:00 pm

Belief as Asset: Supporting LGBTQ Victims and Survivors of Faith
Presented by Dr. Nancy Nienhuis
Wednesday, May 22 at 2:00 pm

Register for the Series Here
5-Week Online Course for Spiritual Leaders
The FaithTrust Institute’s Healthy Boundaries 101 for Clergy and Spiritual Leaders course begins on March 11, 2019. This five-week course allows participants to examine the complex roles and situations of ministry in a thoughtful, reflective way.

This course will equip clergy and spiritual teachers to understand the importance of healthy boundaries in ministry and to critically discern the complexities of boundaries in pastoral relationships.

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MNADV RESOURCES
All of our publications are available in digital format for free!

You can also request print versions of every publication: non-members can receive up to 25 free per year, more at cost. Dues-paying members can receive up to 250 free per year! Learn more about MNADV Membership here. 

Outreach Publications
Website Translations

Survivor Booklet

Protective Order Booklet

Shoe Cards

The “Find Help” section of our website has been professionally translated into the eight most common languages in Maryland!

Information about what abuse looks like, how to help a friend being abused, abuse intervention, safety planning and frequently asked questions are now available on our website! Check out each of the pages below: