Domestic violence can affect anyone. Whatever your age, race, class, ethnicity, country of origin, first language, sexual orientation, or degree of able-bodiness, domestic violence can affect any of us. In fact, one in four women (25%) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.
Unfortunately, domestic violence affects people of every faith as well. No matter what your tradition, domestic violence may affect your home, your family, your neighbors, your community, your friends, or your congregation.
In fact, sometimes batterers use faith as a weapon. Batterers may say that the victim must forgive, that the victim must live with the abuse, or must keep the family together at any cost, all in the name of faith. This forces victims to choose between their personal safety and their faith. Many faithful people choose to remain faithful even if it means living in danger. One victim said, “I turned the other cheek, and turned the other cheek, until I ran out of faces.”
Safe Havens was founded for all victims and survivors who have “run out of faces.” At Safe Havens, we believe that no one should have to choose between faith and safety. We are a small grassroots interfaith agency that promotes hope and justice for victims and survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse.
Working as a bridge, Safe Havens strengthens the capacity of diverse faith communities and service providers to engage in collaborative efforts that address domestic violence and elder abuse. Safe Havens develops and provides education, resources, and technical assistance for service providers and faith leaders in order to improve community responses to domestic violence.