Empowering Survivors of Relationship Violence

Show survivors of abuse God loves them

Survivors of abuse are everywhere.

Your church can help them heal.

 

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

Offering a support group gives survivors a safe place to talk, and can be an outreach opportunity that connects your church with members of the community. Having trained volunteer advocates tells survivors they are important and gives them individualized support. Both methods educate and raise awareness about relationship violence among church members. 

Not sure where to start? 

Our FAQ walks you through the most-asked questions from pastors just like you. Inside we'll explain:

  • How to recognize the various forms of abuse 
  • Different ways to build trust with a survivor of abuse
  • How to support and care for a survivor
  • And more

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1 in 3

men and women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.*

Who reports it

1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men report abuse that results in negative impacts to their lives.*

Every minute

in the United States 20 people experience intimate partner violence.**

Does your church have more than three members?

Chances are one of them is a survivor of abuse.

Here’s what we can do about it together:

Create support groups

Survivors who have a strong network of support have a greater chance of experiencing true and lasting healing. (National Domestic Abuse Hotline)

Support groups provide:

  • Necessary physical, emotional, and spiritual support
  • A safe space for survivors to talk about their experiences
  • A place where God’s message of love and hope is freely offered

 

Make advocates available

Some survivors are uncomfortable talking to their pastor and don't want to be part of a group. Volunteer advocates offer one-to-one support to reach survivors with God's love.

Advocates provide: 

  • A safe and confidential resource for survivors
  • Emotional and spiritual support
  • Affirmation that the survivor is a loved child of God

Educate and train

We know talking about abuse is not easy. But by speaking up about abuse, we’re able to create a safe place for survivors to begin to heal.

We provide churches with:

  • 12+ hours of training and education
  • Webinars specifically designed to help pastors know how to support survivors
  • Ongoing support throughout the length of the program

Powered by your own people

We know pastors are busy, so our goal is to reduce the amount of time and commitment added to your plate. We help you discover volunteers in your own church and provide the necessary, in-depth training so that they’re ready to serve.

Volunteer Roles

Webinars designed specially for you

On Demand

HOW DO YOU KNOW?

Unmasking abuse so that you can serve and minister to survivors. In this 1-hour webinar you will learn how to identify signs of potential abuse and what to do about it.

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On Demand

WHEN CHRISTIAN LOVE HURTS

Knowing how to reach out to, connect with, and establish trust with a survivor is vital for the physical health and spiritual well-being of your church members. In this 1-hour recorded webinar, you’ll learn best practices that you can start using immediately.

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“From a pastoral perspective, this program is a long overdue, powerful member-to-member ministry tool... opening the door for intentional and meaningful outreach through positive relationship building.”

Pastor Jeffrey Bonack

St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church - Muskego, WI

“Thank you so much. Please thank the donors who make this service possible to congregations. God’s doing amazing things for his church to help those suffering from abuse with the Gospel.”

Pastor Josh

“Thank you to all who worked on this very informative webinar. The more tools we have to use to address this issue, the better. Thank you!”

Pastor Jason

Contact us to get started

Donors cover the full cost of the program, so there is no charge to you. Cancel anytime. 

 

 

 


Meet Michelle, our resident expert

Michelle Markgraf is the Director of Family Support Services at Kingdom Workers. She assists congregations and their schools as they work with survivors of sexual and domestic/dating violence. Before coming to Kingdom Workers, Michelle was a volunteer rape crisis advocate and the executive director of a rape and domestic abuse center.

Additional Resources

A Pastor’s Guide to Helping Parishioners in Abusive Relationships

For a survivor to come to you for help, they need to know they can trust you. Here’s how to do it.

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Four Steps to Help Survivors of Relationship Violence

Learn what to do and say when someone confides in you that they’re experiencing abuse

Read Now

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