I am SO GLAD to see this resource has been created specifically for Christian churches and other faith communities. We have a LONG way to go, but this is an excellent step in the right direction. Thank you so much to R.H. Foerger for posting this resource!!
“Domestic Violence and Faith Communities: Guidelines of Leaders,” was published as a cooperative venture between New York state and New York Theological Seminary (NYTS).
It came as a result of conversations between the Office for the Prevention of Violence and the Governor’s Office for Faith-Based Community Development Services. While the materials are specifically Christian, NYTS reached out to Islamic, Buddhist, Jewish, and as many faith leaders as possible. What follows are excerpts from this document:
The Role of Faith Leaders
“Leaders of faith communities have an important role to play in ending domestic violence in all forms.
Faith leaders… are often in a position to assist in situations of domestic violence. Adherents of particular faith traditions often will seek out these leaders for spiritual or moral counsel, or will come to them for advice. Faith leaders play an important role not only as guides and confidantes, but as voices…
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