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WHAT’S FAITH GOT TO DO WITH IT? CHURCHES, SPIRITUALITY AND INTIMATE PARTNER VIO

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WHAT’S FAITH GOT TO DO WITH IT?  CHURCHES, SPIRITUALITY AND INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE

          The number of women who first go to their clergy person seeking help for domestic violence is overwhelming. But what happens when they go there? Is there help, support, coercion, denial?  Some research shows that many cleric beliefs gets in the way of helping victims, and very few religious leaders even get any education about intimate violence.  So does religion help, hurt or frustrate those who see assistance for abuse?

          Carolyn Scott Brown is Director of Learning and Resources for FaithTrust Institute. Her primary responsibilities include helping faith and community organizations develop a combination of resources and training services to achieve their organizational goals in prevention and intervention for domestic & sexual violence, child abuse, teen dating violence and ministerial misconduct. She also consults with both national and local community organizations as they partner with faith communities to respond effectively to domestic and sexual violence.

Carolyn will help us understand the cleric and religious response to domestic violence, how it can improve, and what we can do about it.

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