Domestic Violence Prevention & Education in Faith-Based Communities

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

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Note: The following list was developed by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) to serve as a resource for domestic violence advocates and others concerned about safety and justice for women and their children. VAWnet provides these resources as a source of information that you can evaluate on your terms and for your own needs, and inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by the NRCDV.

The materials on this resource page are divided into the following communities of faith:
Interfaith | Christianity | Islam | Judiasm


INTERFAITH

Articles
The articles listed here have a specific focus on domestic violence prevention strategies and/or public education information for communites of diverse faiths.

A Commentary on Religious Issues in Family Violence by Rev. Marie M. Fortune from the FaithTrust Institute

Engaging Religious, Spiritual, and Faith-Based Groups and Organizations - Chapter 12 from the Toolkit To End Violence Against Women by the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women (November 2001)

Faith-based Communities [PDF] by Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune of the FaithTrust Institute - Case study #5 of the Family Violence Prevention Fund's 2003 Online Discussion Series: "Building Partnerships to End Men's Violence"

Guidelines for Pastors and Rabbis: Responding to Domestic Violence [PDF] from the FaithTrust Institute

Lifeline: the Newsletter of the Support Network for Battered Women (19-2, Winter 1999) includes:

Working Together to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence Newsletter from the FaithTrust Institute - Summer 2001, Volume 21, Number 4: "Domestic Violence" [PDF] includes:

 

Brochures
The brochures listed here may serve as a public education tool for diverse faith communities.

What Congregations Need To Know [English PDF] | [Spanish PDF] from the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) and The Resource Center

 

Bulletin Inserts
The bulletin inserts listed here may serve as an appropriate public education tool for diverse faith communities.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month "What Every Congregation Needs to Know About Domestic Violence" [PDF] from the FaithTrust Institute

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CHRISTIANITY

Articles
The articles listed here have a specific focus on domestic violence prevention strategies and/or public education information for communites of Christian faith.

A Community Checklist: Religious Community [PDF] from the Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network's Domestic Violence Congregational Packet

11 suggestions for overcoming violence: specific ideas for congregational involvement by Rev. J. Bennett Guess from the United Church of Christ

How to Know If You Are in an Abusive Relationship [PDF] from Peace and Safety in the Christian Home

Violence in the Family - A Faith Perspective by the Family Refuge Center

When I Call for Help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence Against Women | Cuando Pido Ayuda:
Una Respuesta Pastoral a la Violencia Doméstica Contra la Mujer
Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Statement of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops


Brochures/Bookmarks
The brochures listed here may serve as a public education tool for Christian faith communities.

Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network (PADVN) Brochure - Outside [PDF], Inside [PDF]

"Our Prayer for Peace and Safety in the Christian Home" Bookmark [PDF] from Peace and Safety in the Christian Home


Sermons/Worship Materials
The sermons and worship materials listed here focus on issues related to domestic violence and are targeted for congregations of Christian faith.

Domestic Violence from the Mennonite Central Committee includes:

"Birthright" by Rev. Laureen E. Smith from the Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network

"Clinging To the Threshold of Hope" by Rev. Dr. Kevin E. Frederick from the Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network

"Our Prayer for Peace and Safety in the Christian Home" from Peace and Safety in the Christian Home

"Remembrance: Where Healing Begins" [PDF] by Beth Truett from the Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network's Domestic Violence Congregational Packet

"What Must I Do to be Saved" By Rev. Aubra Love from the Black Church and Domestic Violence Institute

"Woman Un-Bent, Luke 13:10-17" by Pastor Anne Morawski Gojio from the FaithTrust Institute

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ISLAM

Articles
The articles listed here have a specific focus on domestic violence prevention strategies and/or public education information for communites of Islamic faith.

An Islamic Perspective on Violence Against Women from the Muslim Women's League

"Prevention - Some suggestions" from the Islamic Society of North America

Twelve Tips for Imams in the West for Dealing with Domestic Violence by Soundvision from ZAWAJ.com

The Verse of Abuse Or the Abused Verse - Al-Qur’an 4:34 from the Muslim Women's League

Wife Abuse in the Muslim Community by Kamran Memon from ZAWAJ.com

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JUDIASM

Bulletin Inserts
The bulletin inserts listed here may serve as an appropriate public education tool for Jewish faith communities.

Passover Haggadah Insert for Battered Jewish Women from Shalom Bayit


Sermons/Ceremonies
The sermons and ceremonies listed here focus on issues related to domestic violence and are targeted for congregations of Jewish faith.

"Domestic Violence Sermon" [PDF] by Rabbi Cindy G. Enger from the FaithTrust Institute

"Shalom Bayit Chanukah Candlelighting: Honoring battered women and their children" from Shalom Bayit

"Sukkat Shalom: A Healing for Battered Women and their Allies" Blessing & Purple Ribbon Ceremony from Shalom Bayit


Campaigns
The campaigns listed here focus on issues related to domestic violence and are targeted for communities of Jewish faith.

Project Ohr — Illuminating Relationship Abuse in the Jewish Community campaign by Jewish Women International includes materials:



The resources listed on this page are not comprehensive and/or all-inclusive. Each link above will open in a new browser window - NRCDV is not responsible for the content and/or viewpoints expressed on web sites external to VAWnet.