Congregations include not only survivors, but also people who hurt their loved ones. While safety* and support for survivors must be prioritized, faith leaders are also charged with the spiritual care of those who commit harm. For faith leaders, loving and supporting those who cause harm means holding them accountable for ending the abuse. It may not always be safe (for the survivor) for a faith leader to work with or talk to the abuser, but when it is, faith leaders need adequate information and guidance. This section features tools and resources to help faith leaders respond to those in their congregations who cause harm.
* For survivors of violence, safety is a broad concept. It’s not limited to reducing physical violence or a partner’s controlling behavior. Safety includes access to essential human needs, like food and shelter. It's also about attending to the social and emotional wellbeing of survivors.
Clearinghouse on Abusive Partner Intervention and Engagement: As part of the Abusive Partner Accountability and Engagement Training and Technical Assistance Project, the Center for Court Innovation, in collaboration with Futures Without Violence and a team of national experts, has created a clearinghouse of research and information around abusive partner intervention and engagement. Read more here.