Domestic violence is not just a women's issue. It is an issue of faith. United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men have partnered to launch a domestic violence initiative to raise awareness and provide training in United Methodist congregations.
How to Help a Victim of Domestic Violence
Share information and resources with victims so that they can make the best decisions for themselves, whether you're a friend, clergy, or health care professional.
Mobilize Your Church
If domestic violence is a new issue for you, here's how to help raise awareness in your church.
Tools & Resources
The Experience Hall at Assembly 2014 featured the "Dirty Laundry" exhibit. Local groups of United Methodist Women are encouraged to raise awareness about violence toward women and children with a similar display. Signs are provided to download and post near your clothesline.
I Believe You: Faiths' Response to Intimate Partner Violence
Watch the trailer for this film that explores the stories of survivors of abuse and the response of faith groups to address their needs. The program is filled with the hard won wisdom of survivors and the insight and understanding of clergy and program leaders including Harriett J. Olson, General Secretary, United Methodist Women. Order the video here.
"I Believe You" Discussion Guide
Designed for small groups of United Methodist men and women, this guide is based on the documentary "I Believe You: Faiths’ Response to Intimate Partner Violence."
"What Every Congregation Needs to Know About Domestic Violence"
Get the free brochure from Faith Trust Institute.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline:
1-800-799-SAFE (7233); TTY 1-800-787-3224.
- One of the largest domestic violence shelter networks in the nation
is the Y.W.C.A.
- General Board of Church and Society resources
- For additional clergy assistance, contact your Annual Conference office
and/or go to www.umsexualethics.org.
- Faith Trust Institute – A long time United Methodist Women partner in training and resources for domestic violence.
- Teach Early - Get conversation starters and tips for talking to boys about healthy relationships and respect for women.