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Healing Hurts Faith In Action luncheon

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New Hope United Methodist Church

1558 Carter Road

Ridgeville, SC 29472

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South Carolina has ranked in the top 10 of states with the highest accounts of death resulting from domestic violence for over 2 decades. Healing Hurts and My Sisters' House want to be a part of the solution in drastically reducing these numbers. Communities of faith play a unique and vital role in the response to and elimination of domestic violence, as they carry the responsibility to protect and nurture the spiritual wellbeing of the community as a whole and its individual members. Victims and survivors of domestic violence may turn to faith leaders for spiritual guidance and support before or instead of secular domestic violence services, because of the unique dimension they can add to the sometimes overwhelming experience of seeking help. Similarly, batterers may also turn to faith leaders, perhaps either as a means of legitimizing the abuse or to seek guidance and support in understanding and changing behaviors. Faith leaders may be asked, then, to provide spiritual guidance and counseling to both the victim and the perpetrator.

This requires efforts by faith leaders to not only acknowledge domestic violence but also to continually educate themselves and the entire community and to join in creating responses to domestic violence that are safe and supportive for victims and survivors. Yet responses to domestic violence cannot exist without careful attention to the safety of the victim as well as some form of accountability for the abusive partner. When faith communities make an effort to examine issues of batterer accountability, in addition to those of victim safety and empowerment, they are better able to create a response that meets the needs of individuals and their communities.

Join us for lunch and a much needed conversation with other concerned clergy and community members as we work together to bring healing to the hurting.

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