1 in 3 Women Experience Intimate Partner Violence
FREE TO HEAL: Empowering Women to be Free from Intimate Partner Violence
The truth is that each of us knows a woman who has experienced domestic violence, but chances are she hasn't spoken up about the abuse due to fear. A staggering half of women worldwide will experience domestic/dating violence in their lifetime. She is your mother, your sister, your friend, your neighbor, the woman sitting next to you in church. Intimate partner violence crosses all boundaries of religion, race, age, social status, education: the only common factor is being female.
Violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights today. Yet, we remain largely silent on this often invisible global crisis. It is time for each of us to break the silence by speaking out to stop intimate partner violence.
Revolutionary Research in trauma: healing for mind, body, and soul
Finding one's voice as a survivor is essential on the road to recovery, and yet one of the greatest challenges for women is finding a safe place to speak out about the abuse. In fact, the #1 barrier to women being free to heal from abuse is a lack of finances.
There are no free psychologically, theologically, and spiritually integrated recovery programs that transform souls, renew minds, and set women truly free from the traumatic impact of intimate partner violence. Given the significant role of religion in the abuse of women, it is imperative that such a program address the religious and faith traditions that often undergird gender violence, offering a faith perspective that empowers women to recover.
When you partner with FREE TO HEAL, you are contributing to the development of resources to equip and mobilize individuals and churches around the world to end violence against women. Through cutting edge research in neuroscience, psychology, and spirituality, we will utimately create a free domestic violence program of healing for survivors.
The cost for this research is $70,000 over the next four years. The goal is to raise half of that during the month of October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month.