Websites for Faith Communities
Section 1 - National Websites
(Note: this list is not all inclusive)
The following are informational websites that specifically address involvement of the faith community in the issue of domestic and sexual violence:
AARDVARC, An Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence Aid and Resource Collection http://www.aardvarc.org/dv/religion.shtml
includes a wonderful link on their site, which provides many free informational resources dealing with religion and domestic violence.
Faith Trust Institute http://www.faithtrustinstitute.org/ is the premiere groundbreaking organization exploring the intersection of faith and domestic and sexual violence. Founded in 1977, they are an international, multifaith organization who's motto is working together to end domestic and sexual violence. They offer a wealth of excellent resources.
Jewish Women International (JWI) http://www.jewishwomen.org/ is dedicated to ensuring that every woman and girl is safe, in her home and in her relationships. JWI is recognized as the leading Jewish organization committed to ending the cycle of family violence.
Peace and Safety in the Christian Home http://www.peaceandsafety.com/ is a loose coalition of academics, professionals, clergy and laypeople who are alarmed by domestic violence in the Christian home are interested in solving the problem of abuse in the Christian home.
The Black Church and Domestic Violence Institute http://www.bcdvi.org/index.htm is diverse group of people who are concerned about the issues of domestic violence in families and in all human relationships and the response of the Black Church.
The Islamic Society of North America's (ISNA) Domestic Violence Forum http://www.isna.net/Services/pages/Domestic-Violence-Forum.aspx was established to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence in Muslim communities and provide opportunities for collaboration, exchanges of information and the promotion of continued research in the field of the impact of domestic violence on Muslim families.
The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women http://www.vawnet.org/category/Documents.php?docid=864&category_id=611 contains 2 sections within the website at www.vawnet.org with information for faith-based communities. One is a list of resources on domestic violence prevention and education in faith-based communities which may be found at http://new.vawnet.org/category/Main_Doc.php?docid=837. Also an
article: "Religion & Domestic Violence: Information and Resources - Key Issue: Interpretations of Religious Doctrine" and links to some related articles may befound at:
Section 2 - Michigan-based sites
Safe Haven Ministries http://www.safehavenministries.org/ is a Grand Rapids-based, comprehensive domestic violence organization, and the only faith-based organization in the nation to exclusively provide domestic violence services. Its mission is "Motivated by Christ’s love, our mission is to end domestic abuse." In serving women and children, Safe Haven offers an emergency shelter, non-residential services, including case management, counseling, and a trauma-intervention children’s program, as well as a prevention and education program for the entire community. Safe Haven’s resources, including those specifically designed for the faith community, can be accessed by all on its website.
Section 3 - National General Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Resources
The following are general websites, not specifically focused on the faith community, which provide information and address community involvement in the issue of domestic and sexual violence.
Stop It Now! http://www.stopitnow.com/ has been active since1992. Their focus is public policy, public education, and research programs to protect our children by emphasizing adult and community responsibility.
The Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence http://www.apiahf.org/index.php/programs/domestic-violence.html serves as a forum for, and clearinghouse on information, research, resources and critical issues about violence against women in Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
The Family Violence Prevention Fund http://www.endabuse.org/ works to prevent violence within the home, and in the community, to help those whose lives are devastated by violence.
The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community http://www.dvinstitute.org/ provides leadership to end/reduce domestic violence in the African American Community.
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) http://www.rainn.org/ is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.