• "...to bring good news to the poor... proclaim release to the captives... let the oppressed go free..."
  • (Luke 4:18-19)
  • MISSION FOCUS:

    Domestic Violence

    Domestic ViolenceDomestic violence crosses all socio-economic and racial barriers. Intimate partner violence, or domestic violence, is a crucial topic affecting women and families in our communities and in our congregations. Thirty percent of women globally experience intimate partner violence. Nearly 75 percent of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Yet, despite these statistics, few churches address the issue openly. What a powerful place of safety, healing, and recovery a women’s ministry and a congregation could be for those experiencing or having experienced domestic violence.
     
    For Your Study  
    AB Women’s Ministries Involvement
    • AB Women’s Ministries hosted a virtual mission encounter in 2013 on the topic of domestic violence, and continues to resource the issue through the website.
     
    Taking Action
    • Participate in the Cities for CEDAW advocacy movement. The United States is one of only seven countries in the world that has not ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979. CEDAW is a landmark international agreement that affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women around the world. In addition to eliminating discrimination against women in every sphere, it also addresses sex trafficking and domestic abuse. Tired of waiting for the United States to ratify CEDAW, the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles passed ordinances in 1998 integrating CEDAW into city and county governance. Since then, similar initiatives have been enacted in other U.S. cities. Creating a groundswell of local, municipal support for this global human rights initiative will not only improve the lives of women in the U.S. but will significantly increase the possibilities of the U.S. ratifying CEDAW. Join an online national conference planning meeting held by the Committee on the Status of Women/New York and the National Conference on Cities for CEDAW 2015 on December 5, 2014, 11:30a-1:00p (PST) and 2:30p-4:00p (EST). Deadline for registration is December 1. Click here to register. To read a PDF document describing this intiative more fully, click here.
    • Visit the website of FaithTrust Institute, a “national, multifaith, multicultural training and education organization…working to end sexual and domestic violence.” Discuss with your pastor the possibility of using videos and resources from FaithTrust Institute in adult education classes or consider using them with your women’s ministry group.
    • Invite your pastor/s for coffee and discuss with her/him/them ways that your congregation may be able to more effectively address domestic violence in the congregation. Encourage your pastor/s to preach and lead Bible studies on the topic.
    • In your women’s ministry group, include a time of prayer for those who are experiencing or have experienced intimate partner violence in their lives. Don’t name names—but regular, general prayers will let women know they are being prayed for and that this is a safe place to come for help.
    • Work with leaders of the girls’ ministry, or youth leaders, to plan topics for youth and girls’ programming on healthy relationships and dating violence. Use LoveIsRespect.org as a resource. (February is designated Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness month—use that as inspiration to launch your focus on this topic, but don’t just restrict it to February! Visit www.teendvmonth.org for information.)

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