Help! I'm the pastor of a rural, medium sized
question from a pastor who needed domestic violence
A mother just phoned saying her daughter had been
raped by her boyfriend.
What do I do now?"
Domestic Violence, Family Violence,
Intimate Partner Violence. Different terms for the
same problem. Any form of violence within a
relationship or family. It can involve hitting or
other acts of physical violence but it doesn't have
to. Domestic violence also includes controlling the
victim emotionally, spiritually, financially,
physically or sexually. The victim is often isolated
from friends and family until the perception on the
victim's part is that there is no one left to turn
to for help. Domestic violence knows no boundaries.
That's why it is important for clergy to have
information. Domestic violence happens in every
socioeconomic level, race, age, religious background
and in both genders.
1:4 Women and 1:9 Men are
victims of domestic violence at some point in their
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey 2005).
1 in 5 female high school students
reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a
Domestic Violence Hotline)
Helping is easier than you think!
that this happens in your house of worship.
and support resources are available on the
internet and may be available in your
community. Contact us to help you find
domestic violence information for clergy.
Because your church
members deserve your help.
within your Worship Family!
is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
April is Sexual
Assault Awareness Month
Anytime is a good time to raise awareness of
domestic violence. During the months of April
and October there is an added national focus.
Use these tools to help in your congregation. If
you need more help contact us. We can help you
get the domestic violence information for clergy
that you need.
Please call on any of the SSUG organizers (Ed Guider, Mark Chaffin,
Gapcznski, Carole Fox
Jeff Gaul via email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
if you are willing to become one of our partners.