“FOCUS Ministries is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization offering hope, encouragement, support, education, spiritual direction, and assistance to teens, women, and families who experience domestic violence, destructive relationships, separation, or divorce.” This organization also provides training and resources for churches to address domestic violence in their congregations.
The Rave Project
“Rave seeks to equip religious leaders to respond to domestic violence in ways that are compassionate, practical, and informed by the latest research and best practices for professionals; Rave seeks to build bridges between the steeple and the shelter; Rave seeks to walk alongside victims and survivors on their jouney towards healing and wholeness; Rave seeks to hold abusers accountable for their actions, while offering hope for a transformed life.”
Peace and Safety in the Christian Home (PASCH)
“Peace and Safety in the Christian Home is a biblically-based international network providing spiritual insights, practical resources and positive guidance to all those who in any way address domestic violence. Its outreach extends to victims, perpetrators, law enforcement, medical personnel, shelter workers, safe home providers, social workers, clergy, therapists and counselors. The primary emphasis is on God's pattern of peace and safety in the home and on the deterrence of domestic violence and abuse.”
Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) International
“Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) is a nonprofit organization of Christian men and women who believe that the Bible, properly interpreted, teaches the fundamental equality of men and women of all ethnic groups, all economic classes, and all age groups, based on the teachings of Scriptures such as Galatians 3:28.” CBE International offers a variety of articles and resources to address abuse.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
“The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States.” USCCB has addressed the issue of domestic violence in the statement “When I Call For Help: A Pastoral Response To Domestic Violence Against Women."
Catholics for Family Peace Organizing Group
Catholics for Family Peace is a group of people working together to create a coordinated Catholic response to prevent domestic violence and to promote interpersonal and family peace.
Evangelical Covenant Church
The Evangelical Covenant Church addresses sexual assault and its related concern, domestic violence, through the Advocacy for Victims of Abuse (AVA) initiative. "As a church we acknowledge the reality of brokenness and sin in the world as well as the power of the community to heal brokenness through Jesus Christ. AVA informs, educates, and raises awareness in our congregations and communities."
Lutheran Advocates for Safe Families (LASF)
A collaboration between the Lutheran Community Foundation (LCF), Lutheran church bodies, and social ministries, LASF was created to inspire and refocus the movement within the Lutheran faith community to address domestic and sexual violence. LASF Safe and Healthy Families and Congregations is the first project, and its goal is to use training facilitated by FaithTrust Institute to prepare clergy and lay leadership to intervene in and prevent family violence, as well as create safe congregations and facilities.
Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)
The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), “a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, shares God's love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. MCC envisions communities worldwide in right relationship with God, one another and creation.” MCC has developed information and tools to help address domestic violence.
“Of all the major racial and ethnic groups in the United States, black Americans are the most likely to report a formal religious affiliation. Even among those blacks who are unaffiliated, three-in-four belong to the 'religious unaffiliated' category (that is, they say that religion is either somewhat or very important in their lives)" (The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life).
Given the high rates of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, the probability is extremely high that many victims and survivors are worshipping within these congregations. There exists an urgent need for women seeking help from mainstream victim service organizations to access support without feeling the need or pressure to compromise their religious tenets; as well as for leaders and lay members to understand how they can assist victims of domestic violence and remain faithful to their doctrine. Currently, there is a significant gap in this area within the Pentecostal Holiness religions and the work is only just beginning to systematically address the patriarchal culture and practices, and the misinterpretation and application of the word of God in these settings.Non-Mainline Protestant churches have seen a membership increase during recent years compared to the traditional Protestant denominations. Women make up approximately 60% of the members with a predominately male leadership (The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life). Scripture supports the position that there are equally important roles in the church for both men and women (Romans 16:3, Acts 16:14 KJV). However, the “patriarchal” application of scripture coupled with the suggested “matriarchal” African American culture begins the breakdown in the church. An example would be the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), which has women in leadership roles, but only license rather than ordain women for ministry. Women who remain in COGIC accept the fact that although they are performing some of the same functions as their male counterparts in ministry, they cannot according to scripture be ordained. Further, in many cases, licensing credentials are only valid for a specific period of time as compared to being ordained, which is a one-time event to practice ministry for life.
Daughters of The King
Daughters of The King is an initiative that focuses on the unique circumstances of women who are affiliated with churches that have their “root” (foundation) in the Pentecostal & Holiness Movements or churches that are Non-Denominational. This initiative has been designed to raise awareness of domestic violence in the church community, empower victims/survivors seeking help, and educate supporters. This is accomplished through presentations, training and resource development. Daughters of The King is a project of SOIREE (Sisters of Intellect, Righteous, Elegant & Enlighten) the women’s department of True Test Ministries, Inc.
Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network (PADVN)
“PADVN welcomes those who promote non-violence in all relationships. They provide advocacy and resources for the prevention of and healing from societal and domestic violence.” Their website offers a variety of free resources including tools for pastors and congregational leadership to address domestic violence.
Seventh Day Adventist
North American Division of Seventh Day Adventist Women’s Ministries
“The mission of the Women’s Ministries Department of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists is to model Jesus Christ through meaningful relationships and effective ministries.”
- enditnow: enditnow is a global campaign to raise awareness and advocate for the end of violence against women and girls around the world. It aims to mobilize Adventists around the world and invites other community groups to join in to resolve this worldwide issue. This campaign, which extends to more than 200 countries and territories, was launched in October 2009 in partnership between the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), a prominent humanitarian organization, and the Department of Women's Ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, two entities that are representative of the Adventist Church.
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
Unitarian Universalism is “a religion that celebrates diversity of belief and is guided by seven principles. Our congregations are places where we gather to nurture our spirits and put our faith into action through social justice work in our communities and the wider world.” The Unitarian Universalist Association has developed resources to offer education and model policies for safer congregations, including:
United Church of Christ
United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries
United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries “is one of four Covenanted Ministries in the UCC, helping local congregations and all settings of the church respond to God's commandments to do justice, seek peace and effect change for a better world. The work of JWM is guided by the pronouncements and resolutions approved by the UCC at General Synod.” UCC has made an effort to provide tools for faith leaders by sponsoring webinars addressing domestic and sexual violence.
United Methodist Church
United Methodist Women
“United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice.” 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.