Religion & Domestic Violence: Information and Resources - Key Issue: Developing Comprehensive Responses to Domestic Violence

Moving beyond the misconceptions and working together to provide education, resources and advocacy, enables faith communities and secular programs to create, enhance and improve access to comprehensive and supportive responses to domestic violence.

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Religion & Domestic Violence: Information and Resources - Key Issue: Developing Comprehensive Responses to Domestic Violence by The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (2007)

Issues of faith are often central to the experiences of many victims and survivors of domestic violence. Faith communities and secular domestic violence programs are becoming increasingly aware of the need to create an awareness of domestic violence within faith communities, as well as the need for cross-training and education about dynamics of domestic violence and the role that faith plays in individuals' lives. Yet there exist misconceptions between faith communities and secular advocates that have served as barriers to collaborations between these two entities. Moving beyond the misconceptions and working together to provide education, resources and advocacy, however, enables faith communities and secular programs to create, enhance and improve access to comprehensive and supportive responses to domestic violence.

Excerpt: "By working together to provide education, resources and advocacy, faith communities and secular programs create, enhance and improve access to comprehensive and supportive responses to domestic violence. These initiatives are specifically intended to improve access to services for all persons affected by domestic violence and generate public awareness of the issue. Resource lists and bibliographies developed for this collection of packets provides the reader with information about promising collaborative approaches between secular programs and faith communities."

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