Victims of domestic violence are more likely to disclose abuse to someone in their faith community than they are to seek help from law enforcement. As a faith leader, you can offer unconditional acceptance and spark hope where others cannot.
Did you know that two-thirds of pastors believe that domestic violence occurs in the lives of their congregants? 85% of faith leaders said they have counseled more than 6 victims of domestic abuse. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced domestic violence. In a congregation of 60, you could have more than a dozen women and nearly half a dozen men who are victims … and their abusers are likely praying right next to them. 81% of pastors say they would take action to reduce domestic violence if they had more training.
- learn to recognize the signs of domestic violence
- discover how to help someone in your church who is experiencing domestic violence
- consider the crisis of faith many victims face
- understand the reasons why couples counseling is not safe when there is domestic violence
- review resources and the types of services for victims in most communities.
Jen Shtab is the Trainer for Hillsborough County’s Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence. Jen coordinates and presents trainings to key stakeholders working to identify and fill gaps in our existing system. She brings more than 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector and has educated hundreds of audiences in the fields of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual assault. In addition to training, Ms. Shtab has assisted survivors through her involvement on Emergency Room Response Teams, Court Accompaniment, Hotline Advocacy and wellness programs. Jen holds a BA in Communications from Rowan University and a Master’s in Leadership & Social Change from Maryland Institute of Integrative Health. She is also a Certified Health Coach through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
For questions, please contact Rev. Dr. Shawn Stapleton, Center for Congregational Leadership Workshop Coordinator, by phone: 800.262.1620, or email.