Unmasking abuse so that you can serve and minister to survivors.
The abuse survivors can experience is not only physical, it can be emotional, psychological, and spiritual, too. Over time, survivors come to believe that they are unloveable and unworthy, deserving of the maltreatment.
So how do you minister to them? It starts with understanding the different forms of abuse and becoming a safe person for survivors to confide in.
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 working at Kingdom Workers, Michelle was a volunteer rape crisis advocate and the executive director of a rape and domestic abuse center.
Working with survivors of current or past domestic/dating violence can be difficult because of the sensitive nature of the subject. Often, survivors feel guilty about the abuse. They feel they have done something wrong and deserve the treatment they receive at the hands of their abusers.
In this webinar we'll look at all the forms that abuse can take, what you can look for, and how to talk to a survivor. You'll learn to listen for the hints they drop and how to ask questions that invite the survivor to share more of their story with you so they can receive the spiritual nurturing they need.