Mobilize Your Church and Community
If domestic violence is a new issue for you, here are actions you can do to help raise awareness in your church:
- Form a task force of United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men (4-6 people). If there is no organized United Methodist Men, find two men in your congregation who would partner with you to provide support and leadership in promoting this issue among others in your church.
- Get a copy of "What Churches Can Do" and go through the DVD and Study Guide together. It will help you understand the wide range of concerns involved in domestic violence.
- After experiencing this as a task force, consider planning a church wide event for your congregation.
- We highly recommend "What Churches Can Do" from the Faith Trust Institute in Seattle, Washington. Their years of experience have benefited many denominations and faiths in this important work. The Women's Division is providing every conference two copies of "What Churches Can Do." Each Conference Social Action Coordinator and Vice President will have this resource available for their district and local counterparts. Copies are also available for free loan from the Office of Children, Youth and Family Advocacy by calling 212-682-3633 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- "What Churches Can Do" is a DVD with an accompanying Study Guide which offers excellent instructions for preparing to hold an event to raise awareness about domestic violence. Find local community service agencies to which both battered persons as well as batterers can be referred.
- Arrange for copies of the brochure, "What Can Churches Do?' through the Mission Resource Center.
- After the program, please fill out and return the Domestic Violence Program Report attached to this flyer (PDF, 147KB).