Dr. Nancy Nason-Clark believes there is a “holy hush” in most religious communities regarding domestic violence. Consider this: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that nearly 5.3 million incidents of interpersonal violence occur each year among United States women ages 18 and older, resulting in nearly 2 million injuries and 1,300 deaths nationwide every year. Dr. Nason-Clark’s point is well taken. When was the last time you heard statistics like this from the pulpit? In Sunday school?
The Rave Project is an effort to break through this holy hush with regard to domestic violence. The website provides immediate and accessible information for victims of domestic abuse, including a searchable map application to help victims find the nearest domestic abuse shelter or transition house in their area. There are also abundant resources for individuals and churches on how to provide meaningful help to victims in their hour of greatest need.
If you have been a victim of domestic violence — or if you know someone who has — the Rave Project can be a tremendous tool for healing and recovery. Click here to visit the Rave website. The Rave Project team works with local police, court workers, churches, shelters, social workers and counselors to assist families of faith impacted by abuse.