United States

Empowering Survivors of Relationship Violence

Survivors of relationship violence often keep their experiences to themselves out of fear, guilt, and shame. Relationship violence not only affects a person physically, it also harms their emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Healing from these traumas takes time, understanding, and the truths of God's love. 

The Empowering Survivors of Relationship Violence program not only gives survivors a safe place to talk, it also helps educate and raise awareness about relationship violence, especially within the church. Support groups give survivors a safe place to talk, share their experiences, and heal in a confidential group setting.

1 in 5 women

have experienced severe physical violence in a relationship.*

1 in 7 men

have experienced severe physical violence in a relationship.*

Every minute in the United States

20 people experience intimate partner violence.**

1 in 3 men and women will experience domestic abuse

While men report instances of domestic violence or abuse less frequently, it still occurs just as often to men as it does to women.*

"Support groups in our churches give survivors not only hope in their well-being, but also remind them of their spiritual hope for eternal life."

Michelle Markgraf

Director of Family Support Services

"I tend to be a 'fixer' and because I have never experienced abuse, I didn't understand what a recipient is going through. You helped me to be a better friend."

Training participant

Bring survivor support groups to your church

1. Train and educate volunteers 

We provide congregational education to deepen awareness of relationship violence among all church members and training sessions to prepare volunteers. After an interested church has completed an “Are We Ready” preparation checklist, group facilitators receive in-depth training, both online and in person. All group facilitators undergo background checks, and are vetted to ensure the safety and confidentiality of all survivor support group participants. 


2. Host survivor support groups at your church

Studies show that creating a support network for survivors increases their chances of getting the help they need. Hosting support groups can even position your church as a safe place in your community. Throughout the length of the program at your church, we are available for ongoing guidance and training. To improve the experience and healing of the survivors, we provide post-group evaluation forms to measure the success of the support groups.


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Volunteer with us

Volunteer at your church to create a safe place for survivors of relationship violence, connecting them to the healing power of Christ's love.


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*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
**National Coalition Against Domestic Violence