IFD325 – Faith Communities’ Response to Domestic Violence
Course Dates: February 20 – March 3, 2017
The focus of this workshop will be on a Christian response to domestic violence. We will explore the purposes, types, and consequences of intimate partner violence, giving attention to gender issues, impact on health and life, and the urgency of responding whenever such violence is suspected. Relevant Biblical references will shape the discussion of ways for the church to educate members, support victims, and hold abusers accountable.
This course will also look at the definition of domestic violence, its history as a public health issue, and the cyclical nature of violence. Students will also learn who is involved in domestic violence, who is affected by domestic violence, and who is vulnerable to domestic violence.
By the end of the course, students will have access to resources for responding to domestic violence as individuals, pastors, and churches, and will be equipped to support efforts and programs of their pastors, churches, districts, and conferences in responding to victims and providing education to prevent domestic violence. The focus is on saving lives and holding abusers accountable. Scripture will be obtained from the Poverty & Justice Bible (CEV).
This course has been endorsed by the Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) in the East Ohio conference.
This course is eligible for 1.0 CEU.
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Dr. Martha E. Banks is a research neuropsychologist at ABackans DCP, Inc., in Akron, Ohio, and a former professor at The College of Wooster and Kent State University. She is a retired clinical psychologist. Dr. Banks is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Rhode Island. Her primary research is on traumatic brain injuries sustained by victims of intimate partner violence. She is known internationally as an expert on Women with Disabilities and has edited professional books that give voice to marginalized people who have been silenced.
Dr. Banks was the 2008-2009 President of the Society for the Psychology of Women and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, where she served on the Council of Representatives and several boards and committees. Her leadership, 300+ presentations, and 125 professional publications on women, trauma, and health care have been recognized with an American Psychological Association Presidential Citation, two alumni awards from the University of Rhode Island, and a Distinguished Leadership Award from the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Women in Psychology.
In June 2015, Dr. Banks was elected as an East Ohio Lay delegate to the 2016 General and North Central Jurisdictional Conferences. She currently serves as an East Ohio Certified Lay Speaker, and member of East Ohio United Methodist Church’s Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century Implementation Team, Commission on Religion and Race, and Black Methodists for Church Renewal. She completed a 4-year term as Social Action Chair for the Canal District United Methodist Women in December. Her service to the East Ohio Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church was recognized with the 2014 CORR-ageous Leadership Laity Award.
Instructed by Isaiah 42; assigned by Matthew 25.