Domestic violence has dominated recent headlines. On September 10 the Huffington Post reported an 84 percent increase in calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline following the leak of a video showing former NFL player Ray Rice knocking his then fiancé unconscious in an elevator.
Unfortunately, domestic violence is not unique to the NFL. It happens in numerous households across this country, including the homes of members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Which leads to the question—what can the church do to support and empower those affected by these violent acts? October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. The Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network, a volunteer ministry network of the Presbyterian Health, Education, Welfare Association, offers resources to assist your congregation or worshiping community to continue this conversation and break the silence around domestic violence.
I invite you to use these resources as we together add the voice and actions of the faith community to the effort to end this violence.
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