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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.

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.*

 

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

Volunteer with us

Relationship Violence Support Group Coordinator

Create a safe place for survivors of relationship violence to share their stories, and connect them to the healing power of Christ's love. Volunteer as a Support Group Coordinator.

 

Be an Advocate for Survivors of Abuse

Walk alongside a survivor to provide one-to-one care and support. As an advocate, you'll be a friend that points the survivor to the true and lasting healing found in Jesus. Volunteer as an Advocate.

Together, we can provide support to survivors

Partner with us as a church

We know that every church and individual is unique. Your members might be ready to bring support groups to your church. Perhaps you are curious to learn more about how individual people can serve as advocates. No matter where you are at, we can partner with you. Because we're stronger together, and together we can be a blessing to the survivors in your church and surrounding community. 

 

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