Get involved with your local domestic violence shelter or program
Co-sponsor a training on the dynamics of domestic violence
Help by raising money and making donations
Volunteer your time or resources
Put domestic violence information your bulletin or newsletter- asks
someone from the domestic violence program to write an article
Invite a representative from the domestic violence program to speak
to subcommittees and meetings
Have domestic violence information available for members of the
congregation who may be abused or abusive.
Make the church or synagogue a safe environment to ask for help-
have information such as posters with the local domestic violence
programs phone number available in clergy offices, in restrooms, and
at women’s meetings.
Continue to educate yourselves
Do not engage in victim blaming only the abuser is responsible for
the choice to be violent.
Reinforce to children that abuse is never their fault
Understand that abusers are manipulative and coercive and will often
make promises to change, yet never will
Address domestic violence in Sunday School or at children’s
classes or youth groups. For example children can take a “Hands
Are Not for Hitting” pledge where they trace and color their
own hands and sign a promise not to use their hands for violence.
Address domestic violence from the pulpit- make it known that any
kind of abuse is unjustified.
Encourage clergy and church leaders to receive intensive training
on domestic violence so they are better able to help.
For more information on addressing domestic violence or for assistance
please contact your local domestic violence program/shelter or you may
contact the Ohio Domestic Violence Network, the statewide coalition on
domestic violence at (614) 781-9651 or (800) 934-9840. You may also contact
the Ohio Domestic Violence Network for resources on the religious response
to domestic violence and pastoral care. Also see our Clearinghouse for
resources that can be borrowed for use with your religious community when
addressing family violence.