Creating ministries and promoting inclusion

Offered in this section are resources providing tools and guidance for creating domestic violence ministries and building inclusiveness of diverse groups, including LGBTQ survivors.

Women's Ministries

logo_hdr.gifCONNECT Women offers training, technical assistance, and resources, on the topic of empowerment to women and girls in faith communities. CONNECT Women celebrates the power, wisdom, and resilience of women by offering transformative education, support, and space for women to gather, share experiences, and think critically and creatively about what it means to be women living in a culture where violence against women is the norm. "All CONNECT Women programming is trauma- informed and explores the ways gender, race, class and sexuality shape our responses to Intimate violence."

Engaging Men and Boys

"Faith-based organizations represent a critical ally in prevention efforts. Millions of men across the nation participate in faith-based communities whose leaders, often male, typically enjoy significant moral authority and shape in important ways the values and behavior of the men in their congregations." – Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune for Futures Without Violence


"Religious traditions and beliefs can influence masculinity with their dominant stories of what a man’s ‘role’ should be in his home, community, and religious institution. If religious leaders can create environments for healthy dialogue and allow men to express themselves comfortably without using traditional gender role assignments, healthy masculinity and faith can beneficially support one another." – Health Masculinity Action Project

Youth and Teen Dating Violence

logo_hdr.gifCONNECT Youth: "Many young and teenage victims and survivors of family violence feel powerless. They often suffer in silence because they lack a support system within the community that provides understanding and nurturing. CONNECT Youth is dedicated to empowering them with tools that encourage healing and enable them to become active community members and positive support systems for each other. CONNECT Youth consists of two youth-based groups: Girls Empowerment and Transitioning into Men that provide safe spaces for young victims of abuse and enable them to transform their lives and gain confidence for the future."

LGBTQ Inclusion
The issue of the faith-based community working with LGBTQ victims of domestic violence is a growing field. Currently, there are not very many resources available; however, the issue is expanding in development and reach.

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Creating congregational policies to address domestic violence