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Resources for Abuse Prevention

There are a variety of sources where you can learn about prevention of abuse and domestic violence. 

Choose any of the resources below or the links at right to get more information. 

Community Organizing

In coordination with President Clinton's 1995 Proclamation, our Sabbath of Domestic Peace has been held each subsequent October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  We want to share what we have learned with you so that, if you wish, your community also can organize a Sabbath of Domestic Peace.  The goal is to coordinate an up-to-date integrated religious multi-disciplinary approach to solving the escalating scourge of domestic abuse and violence and to share this knowledge with religious communities. 


We have found the following to be important: 

1. For effective planning leading to shared information with clergy, it is important to have an organizational committee comprised of professionals with a strong history in working with the problems of domestic violence.  Our group included social workers, attorneys, law enforcement officials, sociologists, academics, researchers, clergy, activists, and representatives of community service organizations, as well as volunteers with a rich history of service.  Each contributed vital information to address these destructive problems cohesively and thoroughly.  The members learned much from each other, and the information was disseminated in a flexible and thorough way, addressing the specific needs of each individual religious community as the community itself requested.  Prior to specific requests for information, general educational written material was sent to each religious community we knew about. 

2. It is important to reach out to clergy of all faiths -- Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc. -- for this coordinated effort to be effective.  Parent organizational lists are available through religious administrative offices.  Planning committee members with a knowledge of clergy who will be sympathetic.  Women's groups within the houses of worship will provide vital leadership and impetus in this area. 

3. The Mayor, political leaders, and community and local press will usually be cooperative and help to publicize such an event.  Publicity will help religious communities climb aboard efforts for an ongoing planning effort. 

4. The role of women's organizations within the houses of worship can not be underestimated.  They are frequently impetus towards involving their houses of worship. 

5. Flexibility is key: What we know is available to houses of worship for their use as they see fit  i.e., sermons, workshops, study groups, prayer services.  All we do is share the educational material that we have for the individual and personal use of each religious community.  We are available to participate in individual programs or to share our information by mail, e-mail, etc.  without direct involvement.  We are also available to share information by meeting religious leaders within the houses of worship, without direct involvement per se in the programs they provide. 

6. Though the Sabbath of Domestic Peace is highlighted each October by Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we urge that awareness is a year long effort.  New sponsors and chairs of the events committee throughout the year work with the involved clergy and related church organizations as indicated.  We stress the following vital information: 

a. Domestic violence occurs in all religious and socio-economic groups.  No religious, financial, or social status makes a family immune. 

b. Approximately four million women are physically abused each year by their spouses or partners. 

c. It is estimated that one in three marriages in the United States has some form of domestic violence. 

d. Each nine seconds a woman in the United States is physically abused. 

e. Forty-two percent of all murdered women in our country are killed by their intimate partners or companions. 

f. Whenever a women's health and life are at risk, the health and lives of her children are at risk also. 

g. Abuse is not only physical -- it includes humiliating, shaming, berating, demeaning and insulting a partner as well as refusing to discuss important issues and withdrawing love and contact as a means to control a partner. 

h. The problem of domestic violence cannot be addressed without thorough and invested involvement of all houses of worship.



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