• Better understand Domestic and Family Violence (DFV).

    Get a clear picture of its nature and prevalence, and how it affects Christians and Christian communities. Know the risk factors and recognise common signs.

  • Strengthen your theological framework.

    Know what sorts of pastoral, theological and practical response we might make to DFV and the people affected by it. Be wise to teachings that can be misused and cause harm.

  • Be better equipped

    Gain confidence responding pastorally to people experiencing violence, and people choosing to use violence. Know who to contact for support. Make plans to help prevent DFV happening in your community. Guard yourself from doing damage by knowing your limits, and having a plan for self care.

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  • 1

    Welcome

    • Thank you

  • 2

    Lesson 1: The nature and dynamics of DFV

    • Lesson overview

    • Dynamics of abuse

    • Types of abuse: tactics

    • Read this list of abuse tactics

    • Types of abuse: the cycle of abuse

    • 'Being in a violent relationship made me feel like the proverbial frog in hot water'

    • Prevalence of violence

    • Prevalence in the church

    • Reaching out for help now

    • Reflection/discussion questions

    • Quiz

  • 3

    Lesson 2: Spiritual abuse

    • Lesson overview

    • What is spiritual abuse?

    • Definition

    • Spiritual abuse wheel

    • How to create robust anti-spiritual abuse cultures

    • What is your church's culture of power?

    • How to create robust anti-spiritual abuse cultures (continued)

    • Reflection/discussion questions

    • Quiz

  • 4

    Lesson 3: How to teach helpfully

    • Lesson overview

    • The Bible's teaching on abuse

    • How to preach, teach and offer pastoral care on these issues

    • Issues relating to the gospel itself

    • On forgiveness

    • On suffering and sacrifice

    • On sin and sinfulness

    • Issues relating to marriage, relationships and roles

    • Discussion/reflection questions

    • Quiz

  • 5

    Lesson 4: How to respond to disclosures of abuse

    • Lesson overview

    • How to respond to disclosures of abuse

    • Luke 8:40–56

    • How to respond to disclosures of abuse (continued)

    • Discussion/reflection questions

    • What to do when a disclosure is actually happening

    • Connecting with services

    • Denominational support and reporting requirements

    • Quiz

  • 6

    Lesson 5: How to care for a survivor long-term

    • Lesson overview

    • How to care for a survivor long-term

    • What kind of assistance might my pastor offer me?

    • Caring for Yourself

    • Reaching out for help now

    • Reflection/discussion questions

    • Quiz

  • 7

    Lesson 6: Responding to people who choose to use violence

    • Lesson overview

  • 8

    Final quiz and survey

    • Feedback Survey