Resources for Abuse Prevention
There are a variety of sources
where you can learn about prevention of abuse and domestic
Choose any of the resources
below or the links at right to get more information.
A Room Full of Men
Male violence toward women is nothing new. Authority of men over
women -- and the rights of men to take action to enforce their
authority -- have been approved for centuries by civil and
religious authorities world wide. In ancient Rome, a man had the
legal right to kill his wife; in medieval times, the Church
considered wife beating a means of "cleansing the body and soul"
of a disobedient woman. Eighteenth century English law stated
that a man could legally beat his wife as long as the stick he
used was no thicker than an average man's thumb -- the "rule of
thumb". While legal and social support for male violence is less
blatant than it once was, the abuse of women goes on. Linda
Macleod (1980) states that one in ten women experiences violence
at the hands of her partner.
A Room Full of
is a film about male violence toward women and about men who are
struggling to understand and change their violent behavior. The
first part of the film examines the dimensions of abuse and its
roots in values and beliefs which promote and sustain the
authority of men over women. The second part focuses on men who
are participating in a program to help them stop their physical
and verbal violence toward their wives or partners. These men are
working to change the belief systems which underlie their desires
to control the behavior of the women who share their lives.
Running time: 48 minutes.
For information call 717-859-1151
"I just wanted to be like you, Dad. Now I'm scared that wish just
may come true."
15. For most of his life his family has kept a deadly secret -- a
secret of violence and of fear. Billy knows what it means to be a
victim. But when the secret is told he comes to an explosive
realization about what it means to be "just like dad." A powerful
drama looking at the real and pressing problem of wife assault
from the perspective of the children, The Crown Prince
explores the difficult choices which have to be made -- and how
the cycle of violence can be broken. Screening time: 37 minutes
For information call 717-859-1151
Broken Vows: Religious
Perspectives on Domestic Violence Parts I and II
Broken Vows, a two-part video program, is intended for
clergy, congregations, religious educators, and staff of battered
women's programs and human service agencies. Three aspects are
focused upon: (1) understanding the dynamics of domestic violence
(2) supporting individuals experiencing domestic violence through
the cooperation of religious and secular communities; and (3)
developing programs for the prevention of domestic violence.
Broken Vows is divided into two segments: Part I (37 minutes
video time) addresses the various aspects of the problems and
situations of battered women; Part II (22 minutes video time)
discusses possible clergy and congregation responses to these
problems. Throughout both parts, the viewpoints of formerly
battered women, clergy, psychologists, and shelter workers are
examined. It is recommended that there be two separate study
sessions, each of two hours' duration, to allow attendees to
absorb the information presented in Part I and formulate questions
prior to viewing Part II.
vocabulary in the videotape and study guide was selected to
reflect a diversity of religious traditions. The phrases "clergy
and lay leaders" and religious leaders" are used throughout the
materials to refer to those who act as representative of the
church or synagogue in any capacity: priest, deacon, minister,
pastoral counselor, rabbi, parochial minister, pastoral associate,
lay ministers or religious professionals such as those involved
with youth and in religious education.
For a more
extensive, half-or full-day training session, or an additional
training, refer to the curriculum guide, Violence in the
Family: A Workshop Curriculum for Clergy and Other Helpers
(Marie M. Fortune, Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 1991).
(For video call: (206) 634-1903, Center for the Prevention of
Sexual and Domestic Violence)