Domestic Violence and the Church

Did you know that every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten? Or that on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States?

In Awareness for Church Folk, Dr. Arthuree McLaughlin Wright, a deacon in the Baltimore-Washington Conference,  a volunteer with Women’s & Children’s Advocacy of the General Board of Church & Society, and a member of Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Capitol Heights explores the relationship between religion and the advocacy for the abolition of Domestic Abuse.

Deacon Dr. Wright explores the impact that race, religion, gender, and finances has on either perpetuating a victim’s abuse or assisting in a victim’s liberation. She asserts:

The people of God need to be better equipped to listen to news reports and read statistical analyses or research findings with keen discernment and in the light of a careful reading of scripture. It is the role of the church to help people see themselves and others through the eyes of Christ, without exception and without reservation. When people of God mature and move in tandem with the Holy Spirit, they will not only mobilize to advocate for the adoption and implementation of just laws, policies and procedures; but concomitantly, in their personal encounters they will manifest respect, trust, support, and accountability for all God’s children at all ages and stages.

Read More – http://umc-gbcs.org/issues/domestic-violence

This is a great read for anyone wanting to become a better ally for people who have endured domestic violence.

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