For many survivors of abuse, faith is at the core of their lives, identity and healing journey. Faith, or one’s belief system, is intrinsically connected to culture. Therefore, culturally affirming domestic violence programming acknowledges that faith falls within its scope as an element that has historically, politically and sociologically shaped the world and those in it. Based on an intersectional lens (explored above), this section offers practical tools and information about promising practices to help service providers build capacity to offer faith- and culturally affirming services to survivors of domestic violence.
"For Latin@ survivors of domestic violence, faith can be particularly critical as both a resource and a barrier to safety. Faith may be a wellspring of strength, courage, and resilience that gets a survivor through each day. It may also be a barrier to safety that encourages survivors to “turn the other cheek,” forgive, and prioritize family unity over personal safety.” – Casa de Esperanza and Safe Havens, 2017