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FaithTrust Institute
Training seminars, keynote presentations, and resource catalog with
online store to purchase curricula, videos, brochures, and publications.

Google Directory on Religion and Domestic Violence
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National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Publishes national directory of DV programs, information on referral services.

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs – 240 W. 35th Street #200, New York, NY 10001 -
Phone 212-714-1184,

National Domestic Violence Hotline
24-hour hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Provides counseling and information about shelters and services in all states.
Berry, D. (2000). Third Edition. The domestic violence sourcebook. Lowell House: Los Angeles.
Merry, Sally Engle (2001). Rights, Religion, and Community:
Approaches to Violence Against Women in the Community. Law and Society Review, 35(1), 39-88.
Phillips, C. A. (2001).
Equipping Religious Professionals to Engage EffectiveRagsdale, Katherine Hancock (1995).
Symposium on….
Reconceptualizing Violence Against Women by Intimate Partners: Critical Issues: The Role of Religious Institutions in Responding to the Domestic Violence Crisis. Albany Law Review 58, 1149.

Spiritual Dimensions in Victim Services
P.O. Box 821 – Charleston, SC 29402
Phone: 843-722-0082
Spiritual Dimensions in Victim Services works with the religious
community to prepare religious leaders and counselors to better serve victims of crime.
The training provided covers responses in cases involving child abuse,
domestic violence, elder abuse, robbery, assault, burglary, and survivors of victims of violent deaths.

Stop Violence.Com
Information and links to other helpful resources/websites

Toolkit to End Violence Against Women.
Chapter 12. Engaging Religious, Spiritual, and Faith-Based Groups and Organizations: Resources
Toolkit to End Violence…


Support Group for women with an abusive partner

Bible studies lessons related to perspectives on domestic violence
Bible studies lessons on domestic violence…

Circles of healing: A support group curriculum for abused Christian women.

The Faithtrust Institute. Seattle, WA
Fortune, M. (1987). Keeping the Faith. HarperKroeger, C. & Beck, J. Editors. (1996).

Women, abuse, and the bible: How scripture can be used to hurt or heal. Baker Books: Grand Rapids, Michigan. McClure, J. & Ramsay, N. Editors. (1998).

Telling the truth: Preaching about sexual and domestic violence. United Church Press: Cleveland, Ohio.
Miles, A. (2002). Violence in families: What every Christian needs to know. Augsburg Books: Minneapolis.
Murphy, N. (2003).

God’s reconciling love: A pastor’s handbook on domestic violence.
The Faithtrust Institute. Seattle, WA
Nason-Clark, N. (1997).

The battered wife:
How Christians confront family violence. Westminster John Knox Press: Louisville, Kentucky.


It’s Not A Family Affair: Understanding the Dynamics of Domestic Violence By
Chatonia Zollicoffer-Brown,
M.S.C.C.C:House of Ruth Maryland Baxter Center for Family Safety and Support.

Tenth Anniversary Edition – A Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops
As pastors of the Catholic Church in the United States, we state as clearly
and strongly as we can that violence against women, inside or outside
the home, is never justified. Violence in any form”—physical, sexual, psychological,
or verbal”—is sinful; often, it is a crime as well. We have called for a moral revolution
to replace a culture of violence. We acknowledge that violence has many forms,
many causes, and many victims—men as well as women too.

The Faces and Facts of Family Violence


Under no circumstances is violence against women encouraged or allowed.
The holy Qur’an contains tens of verse extolling good treatment of women.
Several specifically enjoin kindness to women (2:229-237; 4:19; 4:25).
These verses make it clear that the relationship between men and women
is to be one of kindness, mutual respect, and caring.
(This information comes from information provided by
Sharifa Alkhateeb, PO Box 942, Great Falls, VA 22066)

Guideline for Imam’s dealing with abusive men.

What does Islam say about domestic violence?

Islamic Social Services Association (USA & Canada)

Ayyub, Ruksana (2000). Domestic Violence in
the South Asian Muslim Immigrant Population in the United States.
Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 9(3), 237-248.

Hassouneh-Phillips, Dena Saadat (2001).
“Marriage is Half of Faith and the Rest is Fear of Allah:” Violence Against Women, 7(8), 927-946.


Shalom Bayit (peace in the home) – The state of domestic harmony that one should
ideally strive towards. Because of the positive commandments to maintain shalom bayit
in one’s own home, and the commandment to assist others in the maintenance of shalom bayit,
the concept has been misused to encourage women to remain in abusive homes. Further,
although the responsibility for shalom bayit rests among all members of the family, the burden of that
responsibility has been put upon women. (Healing & Wholeness A Resource Guide on..
Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community,
Edited by Diane Gardsbane © 2002 Jewish Women International)

Jewish Women International -
2000 “M” Street NW #720, Washington, DC 20036 – Phone 1-800-343-2823

Shalom Bayit, Bay Area Jewish Women Working to End Domestic Violence
P.O. Box 10102, Oakland CA 94610, Business office: (510) 451-8874 –, American

African Voices Against Violence

Black Church Domestic Violence Institute
2740 Greenbriar Parkway #256, Atlanta, GA 30331
Phone 770-909-0715,

Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community;
University of Minnesota School of Social Work, College of Human Ecology
290 Peters Hall, 1404 Gortner Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone 1-877-643-8222

NCITE! Women of Color Against Violence Website
West, C. (2002). Violence in the lives of black women. Hayworth Press: New York.
West. T. (1999). Wounds of the Spirit:
Black women, violence and resistance ethics. New York University Press: New York.

Hindu/Asian/South Asian

Article on Gender Violence in South Asia

Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence -
450 Sutter St #600, San Francisco, CA 94108 – Phone 415-954-9988 ext. 315,

CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities – 2473 Valentine Avenue, Bronx, NY 10458

Manavi – P.O. Box 3103, New Brunswick, NJ 08903 – Phone 732-435-1414,


Laws against domestic violence in India

Abraham, M. Speaking the unspeakable: Marital violence among
South Asian immigrants in the United States. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Dasgupta, S.D. (2000). Broken promises:
Domestic violence murders & attempted murders in the U.S. & Canadian South Asian communities.
In S. Nankani (Ed.), Breaking the silence:
Domestic violence in the South Asian-American Community.
(pp. 27-46). Xlibris Corporation (

Dasgupta, S.D. (2000). Charting the course:
An overview of domestic violence in the South Asian community in the United States.

Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 9(3), 173-185
Kapur, N. (2001).

Equality and the truth of Brahma. Violence Against Women, 7(9), 1069-1096.
Mehrotra, M. (1999).

The social construction of wife abuse:
Experiences of Asian Indian women in the United States. Violence Against Women, 5(6), 619-640.
Rahim, Habibeh (2000).

Virtue, Gender and the Family:
Reflections on Religious Texts in Islam and Hinduism.
Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 9(3), 187-199.
Vaid, J. (1999-2000).

Beyond a space of our own:
South Asian women’s groups in the U.S. Amerasia Journal, 25(3), 111.
Gender violence in South Asia by Saira Rahman.


Indigenous Women’s Network: 13621 FM 78726, Austin, TX 78726
Phone 512-258-3880

Mending the Sacred Hoop – Technical Assistance Project
202 E. Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55802
Phone 1-888-305-1650

Sacred Circle National Resource Center to End Violence Against Native Women
722 Saint Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone 1-877-733-7623

Casa de Esperanza
Our mission is to mobilize Latinas and Latino communities to end domestic violence. 651-646-5553,

National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Dometic Vilence (ALIANZA)
P.O. Box 672, Triborough Station, New York, NY 10035
Phone 646-672-1404

Kid’s World International

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