The mission of the Faith Community Coalition is to create awareness, to provide training and to foster ongoing dialogue regarding domestic violence in faith communities.


Islam, Domestic Violence, & Unique Considerations When Dealing with Muslim Victims
Omar Suleiman
This presentation will give an in-depth view of Islam's perspective on domestic violence from numerous angles. Attendees will look at misconceptions, as well as Islamic prescriptions, for dealing with physical and emotional violence towards women. The presenter will then discuss unique considerations when dealing with Muslim victims based on statistics and case studies and how to help Muslim women in abusive marriages that are restricted by cultural norms sometimes laced in Islamic language.

Faith & Culture: Domestic Violence in African American Relationships
Sharon Ellis Davis
Every religious tradition has teachings and sacred texts that can be roadblocks or resources for survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence. For African American Christians, the intersections of cultural context, religious beliefs and domestic violence are significant. This workshop will discuss the particular experience of African American women who experience domestic violence, lift up the important role that the church plays in responding to domestic violence in families, highlight the significant faith issues faced by African American survivors of domestic violence, equip religious leaders to become a resource to support survivors and hold perpetrators accountable, and encourage the church to become a safe place for victims of domestic violence to seek support.

Faith Networking Lunch
Jessica Brazeal
“Grab-n-go” lunch options will be available for purchase.

A Critical & Common Intersection: Domestic Violence in Faith Communities
Jessica Brazeal, Elder Cathy Moffitt, Imam Omar Suleiman, Rabbi Howard Wolk
In this workshop, an interfaith panel will discuss the impact of violence against women within the contexts of their specific faith communities. Historically, in many faiths, violence against women has not been an issue that religious institutions have consistently spoken out against. The panelists will discuss ways this epidemic is recognized, if at all, in their community and what the response to women is when they are being victimized by their partner, who often another member of the same faith community. While the specifics of belief systems may diverge, this panel will discuss an area of common ground: women deserve to be safe in their homes and supported by their faith community when their home is no longer a safe place.  

Ministry with Survivors of Abuse: Building a Program in Your Faith Community
Hillary Owen
This workshop will provide practical steps to equip faith communities to respond to survivors of crimes against women and children. Attendees will assess the current needs and resources of their faith communities and learn new ideas for caring for survivors. The presenter will share detailed steps of how Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas began and expanded its domestic violence ministry, now known as Restoration Ministries. Attendees will also be given the opportunity to collaborate, ask questions, and share best practices in order to develop action items for their own faith communities.

($75 with Faith Community Coalition Membership)


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