By Christine Murray, See the Triumph Co-Founder
Last week, we highlighted specific churches and regional religious groups that are creatively and intentionally addressing intimate partner violence. Did you know that some of the major Christian denominations have also actively taken a stance against intimate partner violence (IPV)?
The following examples demonstrate that major religious groups often make efforts to support members who have been abused, to promote dialogue and raise awareness about IPV within their memberships and the wider community, and to hold perpetrators accountable for their violent behaviors. Check out the links below for more information about each denomination’s stance and/or initiatives:
I believe that these denominational stances are really important and meaningful in the movement to end IPV and the stigma around it. They create a foundation on which local church leaders can take action to support survivors and engage in prevention initiatives. In addition, these organizational messages send a clear message to survivors that the abuse they’ve experienced is not condoned by their church. I commend all of these religious leaders’ efforts, which go a long way in challenging the stigma surrounding IPV.