domestic violence

The Need

According to recent statistics: 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, 1 in 6 women have experienced an attempted rape, almost 1/3 of female homicide victims that are reported in police reports are killed by an intimate partner. On average, it takes a victim 7 times to leave before leaving for good.

In many cases, a victim of domestic violence experiences isolation throughout her relationship with her abuser. These tactics often leave victims with no support system in their lives – they lose friendships, and often ties to family. This makes it exceptionally difficult to reach out for help when they decide they want to leave. Even after leaving an abusive relationship, it is difficult to navigate everyday life without a support system. Victims tied to a support system are more likely to be successful in leaving and are more likely to work towards independence.

Grace Community's Response

GCC is looking to work closely with the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter to try to build the support systems for victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. It is our hope that we can come alongside of these women (as well as men), and build up their support systems and share the Gospel. We have the opportunity to build their support, share the love of Christ, and help empower them in their efforts to become independent. Here are some practical examples of what this could look like:

  • Fellowship/Building Relationships – Being part of a support system is as simple as spending time together. Some ideas are: Having individuals/families over for dinner, do a Bible Study together, go see a local sporting event, bring them to church, etc.
  • Problem Solving – sometimes individuals don’t have any emergency contacts to reach out to in a time of need, which can lead to losing jobs for a sick child, returning to unsafe people to get the resources to pay for diapers or a utility bill. Just having your phone number could help a victim be able to problem solve a tricky situation to avoid another incident of abuse, homelessness, unemployment, etc.
  • Life Skills – sometimes individuals lack the experience in budgeting, building credit, meal planning, and would benefit from a friend to help show them how to steward their resources. This could involve referring people to local/church resources, showing them how to open a bank account, assisting with creating a budget or explaining how to meal plan.

"if the son sets you free, 

YOU ARE FREE INDEED!"

John 8:36

"And who is my neighbor?"

Luke 10:29

Below are the specific areas the Mercy Ministries Team at Grace Community have been led to focus on. If you believe the Lord has gifted you and is calling you to pour your life into one of these areas, please contact Thomas & Lauren Black through our Contact Page.

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