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Presbyterians Against Domestic ViolencePADVN welcomes those who promote non-violence in all relationships. They provide advocacy and resources for the prevention of and healing from societal and domestic violence.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Our 2013 packet theme is 'Stories of Hope and Restoration'

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When domestic violence occurs, hope and restoration are never easily attained. Sometimes they are decades in the making, especially if the victim or survivor of domestic violence and her family have no community of support to assist them on their long journey.  This is precisely where the Church should be.  As Christ’s agent of hope, we are charged to be “a light, shining in the darkness,” to those whose hope has been thwarted and do not know where to turn.

This annual packet for Observing Domestic Violence Awareness, developed by PHEWA’s Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network (PADVN), includes resources that faith communities might find useful in worship, in your own work with victims and survivors of domestic violence, and in educating congregational members on how to be effective agents of hope, that may empower others toward restoration (and in doing so, be restored, themselves).  We hope that you will use these resources in the month of October and throughout the year, working to Break The Silence around domestic violence.

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PADVN Annual Congregational Awareness & Worship Resource packets  

In every congregation of every faith, victims, survivors and abusers sit in our pews. Some are listening for words of recognition, understanding, comfort and healing, hoping to hear that the church stands with them and wants them to choose life. All need to hear a clear message that violence in our homes is against the will of God. Our silence makes us complicit to the suffering.

Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network (PADVN) invites you to make your church a place where the gospel of wholeness is heard and lived out. We offer the following resources to aid you in that journey.

2012 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CONGREGATIONAL PACKET

Entering the Brokenness

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2011 Domestic Violence Congregational Packet

Human Trafficking and the Intersect with Domestic Violence

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2010 Domestic Violence Congregational Packet

Parent/Youth Relationships

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I Believe You: Faiths’ Response to Intimate Partner Violence

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It has been said that if people of faith do not advocate for justice, we are complicit in the perpetuation of this crisis. I Believe You: Faiths’ Response to Intimate Partner Violence goes a long way to give voice to the stories of survivors, make clear the assistance faith groups can provid and offer encouragement and direction for women trapped in abusive relationships.

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Turn Mourning Into Dancing!
A Policy Statement with Study Guide on Healing Domestic Violence; Approved by the 213th General Assembly (2001), Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

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$4.00
PDS# OGA01018
Order online or by calling (800) 524-2612.


Anguished Hearts

A seven-session study on domestic violence for use in congregations, title is taken from Psalm 55:4a, "My heart is in anguish within me ..." The seven sessions cover different faces of abuse; spouse/partner, child, elder, sibling, dating violence and abuse of vulnerable people. Can be used for church school classes, groups, sessions, retreats or other educational events sponsored by the church.

$8.00
PDS# 7027003025
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or by calling (800) 524-2612.


Get domestic violence resources for congregations


In every congregation of every faith, victims, survivors and abusers sit in our pews. Some are listening for words of recognition, understanding, comfort and healing, hoping to hear that the church stands with them and wants them to choose life. All need to hear a clear message that violence in our homes is against the will of God. Our silence makes us complicit to the suffering.

Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network (PADVN) invites you to make your church a place where the gospel of wholeness is heard and lived out. We offer the following resources to aid you in that journey.

2009 Domestic Violence Congregational Packet, Teen Dating Violence

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Domestic violence — the basics

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Domestic violence tools for pastors and congregational leadership

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Worship resources

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Children and domestic violence

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Domestic violence resources for particular populations

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Men stopping violence materials

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  • Domestic violence is a problem that effects all areas of community life and it takes the whole community to be aware of and work together to prevent it. I grateul to be a member of tthe PCUSA which takes the the problem seriously from worship, theology, biblical and social, and cultural actions. by Jeanell Morris on 09/22/2011 at 11:03 a.m.

  • HI! I hope that these news are going out to all women, and that includes in the Christian communities too, in hopes for eternal protection against the abuses that are put on girls and women, and even others. Thank you, all for sharing your stories, and God bless you, in Jesus name! Cordially, Respectfully, Afeni! We need protection from all violence and anti-peace! by AFENI MAKEBE NELSON on 09/02/2011 at 12:07 p.m.

  • hi my name is Marybeth McLeod i am a member of ctk dorchester mass i was a battered wife for many years 10 long years ,,this man who said he was my husband we prayed together ,and he beat me i never though i could turn to any one,, him being a man of god who would believe me ,,he was the street angle house devil ,,i never doubted his love for god but as a wife i need love as well him telling me to shower before he would sleep with me & then i still wasn't clean enuf for him.he would his my body where people could not see the bruised,back in the late 80;s women had no rights, at the end of the 10 years stretch with him he put a hammer over my head smashing my scull into pieces,i still have no feeling in my finger tip because of that i took him to court on charges attempted murder ,,he got off only with an assault battery charge.i then got a new ss number/a new date of birth ran for my life my next marriage was with a man that had ties to organized crime .he made me feel safe like no one was going to ever hurt me again after a few years of that bodyguards for my every move & again i had to go to church with his mother & only with other family members my life was in a shell i realized this wasn't love aether i broke away left the state of florida moved back to mass.i lived on my pastors floor woke up every morning read the word of god went into prayer,the church i went to at the time had a street out reach where we spread the word of god i mostly just watched as people would feed the homeless find them shelter ,i saw many die that year as well as seeing people get saved it was the best year of my life after that i found funding to remove all the scars on my face today i talk about the abuse my husband put my three people are writing stories about me i had 9 hours of facial surgery to reconstruct my face back to what it should look like that was just 2 years ago many,many too many scars on my face life is great today i am a member of ctk dorchester church that is my family god has also blessed me with a business i make recycled handbags Jesus has been good enuf to recycle me ,so with my business now i have 5 women that have been battered in the past there all christians finding a new way of life there all paying market rent building there lives my business is www.myrecycledhandbag.com ctk is such a big part of my life i love the lord & all the people that attend the church you can google my name and see,read my story so this is it my past makes me a stronger Christin in my walk with the lord feel free to email me mb1916@gmail.com by Marybeth mcleod on 07/12/2010 at 12:47 a.m.

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