As a member of the faith community, you may wonder how you can help someone experiencing sexual or domestic violence.
By far, the most important thing you can do is provide a safe, confidential space for the person to talk while you listen without judgment.
Educating yourself about sexual and domestic violence can be helpful because you can better understand what that person is going through when you have a solid base of knowledge.
Remember, you don't have to solve all the problems of a survivor. You are there to support them, believe them, provide resources when appropriate, and let them know they aren't alone.
Domestic Violence and Faith
"Faith can be an important part of a survivor’s journey of healing, but in some cases it can also complicate their path to safety. Some survivors may be faced with abusers who manipulate religious beliefs and religious teachings or faith leaders who lack the knowledge to provide counsel, creating additional barriers to escaping the abuse."
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Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence
Supporting Latinx Survivors of Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Through a Christian Lens
Supporting Buddhist Survivors of Domestic Violence
Responding to the Needs of Muslim Survivors
"FaithTrust Institute is a national, multifaith, multicultural training and education organization with global reach working to end sexual and domestic violence."
We Know You Can Help
Survivors of sexual or domestic violence are more likely to turn to someone they know when they need help. That’s where you come in! Your support, kindness, and willingness to be there for them make a big difference.
You aren’t in this alone. The DOVES Program is here when you need to talk. If things get too big for you to handle, we are glad to provide services directly to your loved one.
Together, we got this.