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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. Studies show that creating a support network for survivors increases their chances of getting the help they need.

1 in 4 women

have reported experiencing severe physical violence in a relationship.*

1 in 10 men

have reported experiencing severe physical violence in a relationship.*

Every minute in the United States

20 people experience intimate partner violence.**

"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 an "Are We Ready" preparation checklist for all congregations interested in having a survivor support group at their church. Once the checklist is completed, group facilitators receive an in-depth training, both online and in person, and ongoing support is available throughout the length of the program. All group facilitators will undergo background checks, and be vetted to ensure the safety and confidentiality of all survivor support group participants. 

 

2. Host survivor support groups at your church

We are available for guidance and training throughout the process. To improve the experience and healing of the survivors, we provide post-group evaluation forms to measure the success of the support groups.

Churches receive training and information at no charge thanks to our generous donors. 

 

Ready to bring support groups to your church or have questions? Get in touch.

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Create a safe place for survivors of relationship violence to find their voice and experience the healing power of Christ's love.

 

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

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