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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. 


Involvement of Religious Congregations

The following will help your congregation make progress toward preventing domestic abuse:

1. Offer open discussion and information sessions on the topic of family violence, so members become aware of the problems, the facts and where to go for resources and help. 

2. Offer opportunities for parents and couples to participate in programs which teach effective means of living together and communicating intimately, respecting differences, settling disputes, and parenting and living together with mutual respect within the family. 

3. Place a copy of local resources and where to go for help on top of the toilet tank in the ladies room, where they can be picked up and read in privacy.  Place crisis phone numbers of local and national helping agencies in large print in a prominent place in your congregation. 

4. Join organized efforts to rid the American media of depiction of violence, both general and sex-related.  People who are repeatedly exposed to demonstrations of violence become desensitized to it and come to believe that women enjoy pain, want to be raped, and welcome physical assault. 

5. Get training in how to counsel victims and perpetrators of spousal, elder and self-abuse (attempted suicide, etc.), and how to build self-esteem and self-respect. 

6. Examine your own theology, sermons, attitude and service of worship to determine if your communication encourages families to deal with violence in their home or to hide it. 

7. Include, in premarital counseling, discussion on violence, nonviolent conflict resolution, stress reduction and problem solving.  Seek to learn whether a couple is prone to violence.  Let the couple know that violence is inappropriate and illegal, and that help is available.  Problems can be solved peacefully. 

8. Know the laws, the available resource centers, shelters, reporting locations and other sources of help for your locale, so instances of abuse may be legally and wisely handled.  Make such information known to all members. 

9. Pray for fellow members, especially those who experience sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.  Pray for those who perpetrate such violence. 

10. Have members of the congregation volunteer at a local shelter or domestic violence resource center.  Designate part of the congregation's budget to help organizations that seek to promote domestic peace and prevent and deal with domestic violence. 

11. Prepare an informational display for a high traffic area of the church.  Include some basic statistics and information about family violence in each edition of the church newsletter. 

12. Urge legislators to provide funds for shelters and to reconstruct the legal process so that victims of family violence will be treated as respectfully, equitably, and rapidly as victims of violence from strangers. 


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