educating churches to break the cycle of domestic and sexual violence

domestic violence statistics:

  • Domestic violence is a repeated pattern of behavior used to gain power and control over another human being through the use of fear, humiliation, and verbal, emotional, spiritual, physical abuse or sexual assaults.

  • One in three women (33%) and one in four men (25%) in the US have experienced intimate partner violence at some point in their lives. This percentage is no different inside the church.

  • Seventy-five percent of battered women seeking emergency treatment sustained injuries after leaving the batterer.

  • Approximately,1 in 5 teens who have been in a serious relationship report being hit, slapped, or pushed by a partner. 1 in 4 teenage girls in a relationship report enduring repeated verbal abuse.

  • Domestic violence is the number one public health issue facing women and children in the U.S. today. Seventy-five percent of calls to 911 are related to domestic violence.

  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44.

  • Battering is the greatest single cause of injury to women in the U.S.-more than muggings, rapes and auto accidents combined.

  • Forty-two percent of murdered women are killed by their intimate male partners. Women are most likely to be murdered when attempting to report abuse or to leave an abusive relationship.

  • Fifty to seventy percent of men who abuse their partners also abuse children in the home.

  • It is estimated that 3-10 million children witness family violence every year.

  • One-third of the children who witness violence in the home demonstrate significant behavior and/or emotional problems.

domestic violence in the church:

  • A 2014 report on churches and domestic abuse from Nashville-based LifeWay Research, based on a phone survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors, nearly half (45%) of pastors surveyed said their church does not have a plan in place to respond if someone says they are a victim of domestic violence.

  • In 2016, 11 of the 47 murderous attacks at churches and ministries had the same culprit: domestic violence.

  • In 2018 a study, Two-thirds of pastors said domestic or sexual violence occurs in the lives of people in their congregation. Half of the pastors say they lack training in how to address sexual and domestic violence.

our education will include providing the following to the church leaders:

  • Checklist of Things to Take (victim)

  • Personal Safety Plan (victim)

  • Ideas on how to put a church safety plan in place

  • PDF of community resources for victims and family members

  • Information on how to start or join our support groups