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Commission invites churches to pilot domestic violence curriculum

NASHVILLE, Tenn.––Headlines are full of reports on respected men sexually violating women.  Even men who frequent pews in Christian churches are accused of making predatory advances on women.

The General Commission on United Methodist Men is working with  the YWCA of Middle Tennessee to develop a curriculum guiding eight 90-minute study sessions to help men address behaviors that objectify women and create a climate which tolerates violence against women. The commission invites local churches to pilot the curriculum in January. To request participation, click here

The statistics are alarming:

  • Nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.
  • One in four women has been a victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in her lifetime.
  • Every day, three women are killed by someone who once said, “I love you.”

“In well over 90 percent of the cases of domestic violence the victims are females and the perpetrators are male,” says Gilbert C. Hanke, top staff executive of the commission. “So we are approaching this as a men’s issue. Only men can end this behavior.”

There are already several resources available to help men address the issue.

  • A recorded webinar outlining resources and future plans by the commission and the YWCA is available here.
  • An address on domestic violence by Shan Foster, director of AMEND (combination of “men” and “end”) delivered at the National Gathering of UM Men here.
  • A United Methodist discussion guide for “I Believe You” film here.
  • A 20-minute DVD and a 24-page study guide on what churches can do to oppose domestic violence produced by Faith Trust here.
  • “Slap her,” a video on boy’s reaction to an order to slap a girl here.
  • “We are the Lions” video here.
  • Church and Society webinar on domestic violence here..

“The new curriculum will teach appropriate ways for good men to stand together to end domestic violence,” says Hanke. “It is scripturally based, interactive, and designed for men of all ages.” To request participation in the study, click here.

For more information, contact Gil Hanke (ghanke@gcumm.org) or the Rev. Richard Vance (rvance@gcumm.org).      

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