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Clergy Outreach

Help! I'm the pastor of a rural, medium sized church.
A mother just phoned saying her daughter had been raped by her boyfriend.
What do I do now?"
(Actual question from a pastor who needed domestic violence clergy information.)


The Problem:

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 lives.

(CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey 2005).


1 in 5 female high school students reports being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.

 (National Domestic Violence Hotline)


Helping is easier than you think!

Know your ABC's!
Admit that this happens in your house of worship. 
Believe the survivor. 
Counseling 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. 


Raise Awareness within your Worship Family!

October 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, Wendi Gapcznski, Carole Fox or Jeff Gaul via email at if you are willing to become one of our partners.


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