Saturday, August 15, 2009

Domestic Violence How Churches Can Help

We don't like to think about domestic violence but all too often it is a reality. When a church member is a victim we are sometimes at a loss as to what to do. The waters are treacherous and uncharted when it comes to abuse.

Fortunately, there are things that churches can do to help domestic violence victims. The following was taken from the article "Domestic Violence - 12 Ways Churches Can Help". Click on the link to read the full article. It is well worth your time.

Domestic Violence - 12 Ways Churches Can Help
(Adapted with permission.)

1. Be educated.

2. Preach it.

3. Routinely print the local domestic violence helpline in the church bulletin.

4. Ask your local agency for cards to place in the restrooms.

5. Pray for victims and abusers as part of your corporate prayer time.

6. Be involved with your local program.

7. Contact your local shelter to ask if your church can help victims with immediate

8. Never rush a victim to forgive an abuser.

9. Hold abusers accountable.

10. Create a public educational display for domestic violence awareness month.

11. Download bulletin inserts and other resources for free from our website.

12. Talk to your youth.

When it comes to domestic violence these 12 ways that churches can help go a long way toward making a difference.

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