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Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. - Hebrews 10:23 NIV

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence occurs when one person in an intimate relationship exercises power and control over the other through a pattern of intentional behaviors including emotional, physical, sexual, economic, and verbal abuse. 

Domestic violence affects both men and women, and is the leading cause of injury to women ages 15-44 in the United States.

  • Self
    Are any of these happening to you?

      •  Cruel or hurtful remarks, frequent criticism or belittling
      •  No control over what you do, who you talk to or where you go
      •  Not allowed to see friends and family
      •  No control over your finances
      •  Slapping, shoving, punching, choking threatening with weapons or forced unwanted sex
      •  Telling you that the physical violence was your fault or denying it happened
      •  Property destroyed
      •  Children threatened to be taken or subjected to harsh, physical and verbal discipline

  • Others
    How can I recognize someone that may be abused?

      •  A partner that is jealous, possessive or has a bad temper
      •  Over-eagerness to please the abuser
      •  Unusual or frequent ‘checking-in’ with the abusive partner to get permission to see family and friends
      •  Frequent unexplained injuries or ‘accidents’
      •  Low self-esteem and self-worth
      •  Limited access to friends, family or transportation
      •  Controlling all money spent in the household
      •  Frequent absences from school, work or other social activities

  • Response
    How should I respond?

    Do:

      •  Call, chat or email with one of the resources below as an advocate for the abused
      •  Listen to them without judgement, acknowledge they are in a scary situation and be supportive
      •  Remind them that it’s NOT their fault, and they deserve better
      •  Provide a ‘safe place’ for the abused to come to when they are ready to leave the relationship
      •  Remind them that there is nothing they can do to change their partner’s behavior
      •  Offer to pray with them for God’s strength to leave the abusive relationship
      •  Help them develop a safe plan for leaving the relationship
      •  Encourage them to reach out and talk to those that can provide help, such as the resources below
      •  Continue to pray for them and remember that you cannot ‘rescue them’

    Don’t:

      •  Be judgmental of their situation, choices, actions or inactions
      •  Make excuses for the abuser, or accuse the abused of being ‘overly sensitive’
      •  Attempt to explain or rationalize the abuser’s behavior
      •  Encourage them to stay and ‘work it out’

  • Resources
    Resources

    Information, Hotlines & Support
    National Domestic Violence Hotline  •  www.thehotline.org  •  800.799.7233              
    Love Is Respect  •  www.loveisrespect.org  •  888.331.9474  •  Text “Love is” to 22522
    RAINN – National Sexual Assault Hotline  •  www.rainn.org  •  800.656.HOPE (4673)     

    Dallas-Area Support & Shelter Information

    The Counseling Place  •  counselingplace.org (Richardson)
    CHETNA – South Asian Victims of Domestic Violence  •  www.chetna-dfw.org (Richardson)
    Victim Relief Ministries  •  www.victimrelief.org
    New Beginning Center  •  www.newbeginningcenter.org
    Genesis Women’s Shelter  •  www.genesisshelter.org
    The Family Place  •  www.familyplace.org
    Mosaic Family Services  •  mosaicservices.org
    The Salvation Army, Collins Social Service Center  • www.salvationarmydfw.org/p/locations/dallas/carr_p_collins
    Brighter Tomorrows  •  www.brightertomorrows.net
    Denton County Friends of the Family  •  www.dcfof.org
    Reconciliation Outreach  •  restoringhopedallas.com

    Important Phone Numbers

    Emergency  •  911
    Richardson Police Department  •  972.744.4800
    Dallas Police Department  •  214.671.3001
    Garland Police Department  •  972.485.4840
    Plano Police Department  •  972.424.5678
    Allen Police Department  •  214.509.4200

Domestic violence isn’t just the problem of the abused or abuser.  It isn’t a question of race or income, and it doesn’t just happen "somewhere else."

Domestic violence abuse victims are our brothers and sisters, our mothers and fathers and our children, and domestic violence is happening right here in Richardson and in your neighborhood—maybe even in your own home.

As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are called not only to pray for others, but to take action when we see injustice.

We have a congregational obligation to recognize the signs and symptoms of domestic violence, to be a beacon of hope and a resource for others to get help and to get out, and to be a living example of a different way of life—with hope and without fear. Empowering ourselves with the information about the signs and symptoms of domestic violence is the first step, knowing the resources available and what actions we can take to help is the next step.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)


Caring Ministry Staff

April Johnson Bristow
Director, Caring Ministry
972.996.0139
Scot Bontrager
Pastor, Caring Ministry
972.996.0149
Don Hood
Pastor, Caring Ministry
972.996.0137
Jennifer Rawlinson
Administrative Assistant, Caring, Group Life, Senior Adults, Young Adults
972.996.0146
Kay Schafer
Assistant, Caring Ministry
972.996.0138