Monday, November 30, 2009

Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Nov. 2009

This is a Public Service Announcement that Aired on KSFR.  Kristin Carmichael of Esperanza Shelter was the one who set this up.  THere are some great resources that speak about domestic violence; and it is something faith communities need to never tolerate, and stand up to. 
I’m Reverend Chester Topple, of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe and I care about domestic violence.
Our faith communities must minimize any barriers facing abused members of our congregations and maximize the resources that exist within our religious traditions.
Here’s how you can help.
Encourage leaders in your faith community to speak about Domestic violence, They can learn more by taking a short Safe Haven presentation provided by Esperanza Shelter.

Learn what your faith tradition says about abuse. Too often faith leaders have hindered rather than helped victims break free from their abusive partners, due to ignorance, apathy, or misinterpretation of sacred texts.

Put up brochures and posters in your facilities indicating victims can come for immediate safety. 

And if a victim confides in you, calmly listen; reassure them that you believe them, the abuse is not their fault, and that they are not alone.

When they are ready, make a call together to Esperanza Shelter for further safety planning and information.
Que gracia y paz esten con todos nosotros en nuestra ciudad de Santa Fe.

At Esperanza Shelter we believe that domestic violence is everyone’s business.
If you or someone you know is being hurt call our 24 hotline at 473-5200;
Because peace starts at home.

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