There was very little conversation being had in church about Domestic Violence. We talked about dating, marriage, tithing, stewardship and spiritual gifts. Pause –if you read the pervious 2 sentences at a normal pace, that was about 9 seconds. As I was saying…There was a ministry for everything from the church van to the community concerns (Candle Night out) but no one was talking about the black eye the Sunday School teacher often had. (9seconds). We were told ‘you are fearfully and wonderfully made’ but our young men and women weren’t reaffirmed in their self esteem in our Sunday School or Youth Group to know what that means. (9 seconds) We sang Jesus loves me, but when it came to it – did we know how that love had different meanings in each home? (9 seconds). Domestic violence comes in many forms (physical, emotional, sexual, financial, elder abuse) and over 10 years ago a 501c3 (9 seconds) organization-Preciouslyfe was formed to boldly have a faith based conversation about it. (9 seconds) Preciouslyfe (Now My Tattered Brim) continues to work, speak, encourage and pray for change, education and awareness of abuse. (9 seconds)
Be aware and have the conversations. The first National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, released on December 14, 2011, reveals the alarming magnitude of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence in America. In the time it took to read the first paragraph of this post- according the US Justice Department – about 7 people were victims of domestic violence. Do the math. 7 people a minute. 60 minutes. 420 victims an hour.
Among states, Pennsylvania tied for 15th place for women, and ranked 25th place for men, in the lifetime prevalence of rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner. This is why we need your help.
Make a Call – 10 Ways To Support Our Work
- Call the police when you see or hear domestic violence. Your call can save a life and help a victim start on the road to safety.
- Volunteer at your local domestic violence program. There are lots of things you can do in your community!
- Find out what’s on your local domestic violence program’s wish list, and organize a collection among your friends, neighbors or co-workers. Or let us do it for you!
- If you are having a birthday, wedding or anniversary celebration, ask your guests to donate to My Tattered Brim or your local domestic violence program instead of bringing gifts.
- Invite My Tattered Brim to speak at your church, service club or workplace.
- Carry the number of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) in your wallet in case you meet someone who needs it.
- Get brochures from your local domestic violence program, and place them in lounges and rest rooms at your workplace, gym, and place of worship.
- Ask candidates for public office and elected representatives how they plan to address the crime of domestic violence in your community.
- Pray. Remember Domestic Violence not only impacts the abused and the abuser, but families, children and communities. Keep them all in your prayers and in your thoughts Under your Brim.