“Partnerships between faith communities and local community organizations allow the best of each to benefit survivors” (from the Report on Faith Leader Listening Sessions by NRCDV & JWI, 2021). These partnerships allow us to explore the broader issues facing the community as a whole. They also offer opportunities to engage in shared learning and mutual support.
Participation in interfaith partnerships, networks, and organizations can benefit faith communities and community organizations who share a common vision and goals. National models include Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse, Peaceful Families Project, and the FaithTrust Institute. Outside of these formal structures, faith communities often organize local or regional interfaith groups who work together to address issues that impact their community. These issues may include various forms of violence and oppression. Supporting and participating in these efforts can help those in need of support and foster community resilience.
Interactions between faith leaders and anti-violence advocates often happen in the midst of a crisis. This is when the need for resources to support the safety and well-being of an individual, family, or community is urgent and dire. It’s important to have open channels of communication to navigate crises together. But building authentic and meaningful partnerships that benefit the community requires an intentional and proactive investment.
The resources offered below support the development of meaningful relationships between faith leaders and advocates interested in fostering safe and healthy individuals, families, and communities together.
This section provides information and resources in key areas (navigate using the menu to the left):
- Training & Learning at the Intersections
- Partnership Building & Community Collaboration
- Movement Building & Spiritual Activism