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Ready to take a bigger role in ending domestic violence?
Attend Leadership Development Days - Domestic Violence Training!

Choose from three dates and locations:
November 7-9 (St. Louis, MO)
November 21-23 (Tempe, AZ)
April 10-12 (Lake Junaluska, NC)

The Domestic Violence Training multi-session workshop will train you to be an advocate and give you the skills to train others in your faith community. This workshop will discuss the dynamics of abuse with particular attention to the religious and spiritual issues that surface for victims/survivors of faith; it will explore the ways that family violence relates to homelessness, poverty and food insecurity; and it will connect you to the resources available to guide you in your leadership role and give you the tools to empower your faith community to be a positive force in ending violence and abuse. We will learn how to speak and teach about these issues in ways that will encourage others to take action and work together to create places of safety and healing, as well as understand the broader social impact of domestic violence.

More information is available on the UMW website:
9/24/2014 6:47:14 PM

Assembly Workshop Opportunity
Join us for "Ending Domestic Violence, Getting Men Involved" at Assembly! We are offering this workshop twice and look forward to seeing you there.

Friday, 3 to 4:30, room 212/213
Saturday, 4:30 to 6, room L9/L10

Complete workshop information and details can be found here:
4/1/2014 9:55:23 AM

Ecumenical Advocacy Days
Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Our goal, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen our Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues. United Methodist Women are a partner in this annual education/advocacy/training event.

The theme for the 2014 event March 21-24 is Jesus Weeps – Resisting Violence, Building Peace.

United Methodist Women will take part in a panel on domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.

How Faith Communities Resist Violence Against Women

Sunday, Mar 23, 2014, 1:30 pm

This interactive workshop will provide participants with information about domestic, sexual and gender-based violence on a national and international basis. Presenters will share applications from faith communities to eliminate roadblocks to safety and promote resources which resist violence. The workshop will conclude with participants identifying tangible steps they can take back to their own churches and communities to work against these forms of violence.


•Rev. Maxine Lloyd Ball, M.Div., President and Founder, Isaac Ministries, Inc.
•John Chapman, Survivor/Activist and former law enforcement officer
•Emily Esworthy, Marketing and Communications Manager, IMA World Health
•Leila Nimatallah, Director of External Relations and Advocacy, IMA World Health
•Julie Taylor, Executive Secretary for Spiritual Growth, United Methodist Women

For more information, check out the National Gathering Brochure
3/17/2014 5:19:39 AM

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Spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence died in airplane crash

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Rita Smith, Executive Director
303-839-1852, x105


NCADV joins the family, friends and fans in mourning the loss of domestic violence activist and NCADV Spokesperson, Jenni Rivera, who was killed Sunday, December 9, 2012 in a plane crash.
The Lear Jet 25 with U.S. registration, disappeared minutes after taking off from the northern city of Monterrey on its way to Toluca. The crash has been confirmed by Mexico's Director of Civil Aviation and the NTSB.
At least five people were traveling in the plane: the pilots, Miguel Pérez and Alejandro Torres, and three more passengers: the singer, her publicist and her makeup artist. Before her flight, Rivera had played a concert in Monterrey.
Rivera, an entertainment icon known for her music-with sales of over 15 million albums--as well as her television show, was a tireless champion for Latinas. She was an outspoken immigrants rights activist who actively opposed Arizona SB1070, as well as a supporter of LGBT equality. A teenaged mom, Rivera graduated high school and continued on to earn her degree in business administration.A victim of domestic abuse during her first marriage, Rivera, in 2010, was named a spokesperson for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (  She spoke, giving her talk in both Spanish and English, at the NCADV/NOMAS conference in Anaheim, CA in 2010. "Rage against the dying of the light." Rivera had also established the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation (, which offers support to single mothers and victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
"Jenni Rivera was a powerful role model for Latinas as a spokesperson for NCADV, using her strong voice and commitment to ending violence in families. Her personal experience of abuse, and her successful effort to get free of the violence, gave hope to thousands of victims that they can also find a life without abuse. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence extends our condolences to her family, friends and fans as they begin to deal with this tragic loss," said Rita Smith, executive director.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) has worked for more than thirty-four years to end violence against women by raising awareness and educating the public about the effects of domestic abuse. Our work includes developing and sustaining ground-breaking public policy at the national level and assisting the 2,000+ urban and rural shelters and programs at the local, state, and regional levels of the nation in the programming they offer to victims seeking safety and assistance. Currently, our constituency encompasses more than 50,000 programs, survivors, advocates, and allied individuals and is growing daily.  

We can help end domestic violence in our communities. Learn how. Take the Assembly 2014 workshop:
Ending Domestic Violence, Getting Men Involved

Friday, 3 to 4:30, room 212/213
Saturday, 4:30 to 6, room L9/L10
Carolyn Scott Brown, Faith Trust Institute, with Gilbert C. Hanke, United Methodist Men; and Ashley Johnson, United Methodist Women

From a faith perspective, this workshop explores how United Methodist Women is working in partnership with FaithTrust and United Methodist Men to end domestic violence. FaithTrust Institute, a national organization and longtime partner with United Methodists offers tools and knowledge needed to address the religious and cultural issues related to abuse. Learn about realities of domestic violence and how to make connections in this work. Hear from United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men about their joint initiative on domestic violence.

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2009 Domestic Violence Congregational Packet

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Introduction to Author
Nicola Slee is a theologian and a poet based at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Birmingham, UK. She is author of Faith and Feminism (DLT, 2003) and Women’s Faith Development (Ashgate, 2004). She is a lay Anglican and has been involved in women’s issues for many years.

Bible Reflection
Imagine what it is like to be so crippled that you are bent back upon yourself. Try standing and bending down as low as you can and holding the position for several minutes. Quite apart from the enormous pain you suffer continually, you live in a world that is totally enclosed. All you can see is the ground and your own feet. You can’t see the sky, the sun, the fields, other people’s bodies or faces. You are utterly isolated and cut off from others. You are very vulnerable – to attack, to abuse, to mockery.

The woman bent double can be for us an image of women who are oppressed by huge burdens they should not have to carry – burdens imposed on them that double them up in pain and prevent them from standing tall. These are women who are the victims, in various ways, of violence: whether physical, sexual, emotional or structural. They may be women who carry burdens of sexual oppression, racism, poverty and ageism.

Jesus called the crippled woman over to him and said to her ‘You are set free from your ailment’. To crippled women the world over, Jesus says, ‘Be healed. Be released from your oppression. Stand tall.’ To the church, Jesus says, ‘Remove the burdens of violence and abuse suffered by so many women so that they can go free.’

Christ, who healed the crippled woman, touch all those who are doubled over in pain because of physical, sexual or emotional violence, and enable them to walk upright again.

Reflective questions
Ø In what ways are you crippled by life?
Ø How can you share Christ’s liberating love with someone you know who is bent double by pain or shame?


How to Help a Victim of Domestic Violence


A Resource for "I Believe You: Faiths' Response to Intimate Partner Violence"

Domestic violence refers to a pattern of violent and coercive behavior exercised by one adult over another in an intimate relationship. It is not marital conflict, mutual abuse, a lovers' quarrel, or a private family matter. It may consist of repeated, severe beatings or more subtle forms of abuse, including threats and control.

Get "I Believe You" On the Air Again – it initially Appeared on ABC in 2011, Now it will be on NBC.
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Domestic violence is not just a women's issue. It is an issue of faith. As a part of United Methodist Women's work to raise awareness in local congregations about the issue of domestic violence, United Methodist Women joined with an interfaith collaboration to produce an hour-long documentary I Believe You: Faiths' Response to Intimate Partner Violence.
The documentary will begin airing on NBC affiliates September 23, 2012, and will be available for air through March 2013. Call your local NBC affiliate and make sure I Believe You airs often during prime time viewing hours.  For more information about doing this, go to  Also see there the links for a toolkit and discussion guide.
I Believe You will go a long way in giving voice to the stories of survivors, making clear the assistance faith groups can provide and offering encouragement and direction for women still trapped in abusive relationships.
Share this with your local United Methodist Women unit, your church and other community groups. Contact to learn more.
Help us stop domestic violence!

Mobilize Your Church and Community

If domestic violence is a new issue for you, here are actions you can do to help raise awareness in your church:
  • Form a task force of United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men (4-6 people). If there is no organized United Methodist Men, find two men in your congregation who would partner with you to provide support and leadership in promoting this issue among others in your church. 
  • Get a copy of "What Churches Can Do" and go through the DVD and Study Guide together. It will help you understand the wide range of concerns involved in domestic violence. 
  • After experiencing this as a task force, consider planning a church wide event for your congregation. 
  • We highly recommend "What Churches Can Do" from the Faith Trust Institute in Seattle, Washington. Their years of experience have benefited many denominations and faiths in this important work. The Women's Division is providing every conference two copies of "What Churches Can Do." Each Conference Social Action Coordinator and Vice President will have this resource available for their district and local counterparts. Copies are also available for free loan from the Office of Children, Youth and Family Advocacy by e-mailing
  • "What Churches Can Do" is a DVD with an accompanying Study Guide which offers excellent instructions for preparing to hold an event to raise awareness about domestic violence. Find local community service agencies to which both battered persons as well as batterers can be referred.
  • Arrange for copies of the brochure, "What Can Churches Do?' through the Mission Resource Center.

Join us April 3rd at 3pm ET for our Webinar:
"Exploring the Intersections of Maternal Health & Domestic Violence"
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Domestic violence is a global pandemic that   affects women's bodily integration and their ability to thrive.  When a   pregnant woman suffers partner violence, she may suffer injury, miscarriage   or even death. 
On April 3rd at 3pm ET, United   Methodist Women (UMW) and the Healthy Families, Healthy Planet project of   the General Board of Church & Society will co-sponsor an educational call to discuss the intersections of domestic violence and maternal health.   Participants will learn the facts of these important issues and explore how to address them collectively in their advocacy. 
Register here by April 2nd! 

   ***This call is open to all. Please share with your networks!***

   Speakers Include:
Julie Taylor,
 Executive Secretary for Children, Youth, and Family Advocacy, UMW
Katey Zeh,   Director, Healthy Families, Healthy Planet Project 

About Healthy Families, Healthy Planet
Questions: Contact Katey Zeh via email at
Started in 2010, the Healthy Families, Healthy Planet project, an initiative of The United Methodist General Board of Church & Society, works to mobilize U.S. United Methodists on the importance of maternal health and international family planning. Through grassroots education with targeted annual conferences and advocacy efforts with policy makers, the goal of the initiative is to achieve higher levels of foreign aid for international family planning through the U.S. government.
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Domestic Violence: Policy and Action

The Women’s Division endorses the message of the National Declaration by Religious and Spiritual Leaders to address Violence Against Women which was signed in 2006 by the Council of Bishops for the whole United Methodist Church and says, in part:
We proclaim…that violence against women exists in all communities, including our own, and is morally, spiritually and universally intolerable.  We commit ourselves to working toward the day when all women will be safe and abuse will be no more.
And that every United Methodist Women’s unit be encouraged to hold an awareness event on domestic violence in their local church and/or community and that they invite the United Methodist Men’s group and any United Methodist men in their church to partner in this effort.
Resourcing will be shared with FaithTrust Institute, a longtime partner in this work, and corrdinated with United Methodist Men, the General Board of Church and Society and the Commission on the Status and Role of Women.
Source: Women’s Division Executive Committee Meeting, October 2009

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