16 days of activism - join the campaign! Faith Groups What Communities of Faith Can Do To Make a Difference. 22/11/2017
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-Educate the congregation. Routinely include instructional information in monthly newsletters, on bulletin boards, and in marriage preparation classes,
and sponsor educational seminars on violence against women.
_ Speak out. Speak out about sexual assault and domestic violence from the pulpit. A faith leader can have a powerful impact on people’s attitudes and beliefs, and his or her leadership is important, particularly on public policy issues such as funding and changes in criminal laws.
_ Lead by example. Volunteer to serve on the board of directors at the local sexual assault or domestic violence program or train to become a crisis volunteer.
_ Offer space. Offer meeting space for educational seminars and weekly support groups or to serve as a supervised visitation site when parents need a safe place to visit their children.
_ Partner with existing resources. Include local sexual assault or domestic violence programs in donations and community service projects. Adopt a shelter for which the church, temple, mosque, or synagogue provides material support or provide similar support to families as they rebuild their lives following a shelter stay.
_ Prepare to be a resource. Seek out training from professionals in the fields of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. Do the theological and scriptural homework necessary to better understand and respond to sexual assault and dating and domestic violence.
_ Intervene. If suspicions that violence is occurring in a relationship or in a family exist, speak to each person separately. If an individual is being or has been victimized, speak to her privately. Help the victim plan for safety, and refer her to the community resources available to assist her.
_ Support professional training. Encourage and support training and education for clergy and lay leaders, chaplains, and seminary students to increase their awareness about sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking.
_ Address internal issues. Encourage continued efforts by religious institutions to address allegations of abuse by religious leaders to ensure that religious leaders are a safe resource for victims and their children.