Welcome to the Advocacy for Victims of Abuse Online Training
This is a self-paced training on abuse for clergy, spiritual leaders, teachers, and anti-abuse advocates. It was created by Advocacy for Victims of Abuse, a ministry of Love Mercy Do Justice, a mission priority of the Evangelical Covenant Church. The purpose of this training is to provide clergy and other leaders with information on issues of intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, and childhood sexual assault. Furthermore, it offers foundational knowledge about trauma, healing, and a theology of abuse.
Given the prevalence of these forms of abuse, all faith leaders should have basic knowledge about how to care for victims. However, we recognize there are limits to this training; some topics are better suited for a professional counseling environment.
To promote safety and healing for victims of abuse, and to help bring an end to violence against women, men, and children. We desire to create safe sanctuaries and healing communities.
For additional Advocacy for Victims of Abuse resources, visit the website at https://covchurch.org/topic/advocacy-for-victims-of-abuse/.
HOW TO USE THIS TRAINING
This training can be used as a one-time instruction as well as reference for future use. Once you have completed the lessons, you may return to them at any time to refresh your memory. You will receive a certificate of completion at the end of this training to document this learning opportunity.
After completing this training, you will know:
- Definitions of intimate partner violence and childhood sexual assault
- How to identify intimate partner violence and childhood sexual assault within your congregation
- How to respond to incidents of intimate partner violence and childhood sexual assault
- Prevention and intervention strategies
- A theology of abuse
- General information about the trauma victims endure and what their healing journey may look like
The training has eleven lessons:
Lesson 1: Defining Intimate Partner Violence
Lesson 2: Profile of Abusers and the Cycle of Abuse
Lesson 3: Why Victims Stay and Effects on Children
Lesson 4: Guidance for Clergy
Lesson 5: Teen Dating Violence
Lesson 6: Child Abuse and Neglect
Lesson 7: Child Sexual Abuse
Lesson 8: Trauma and Healing
Lesson 9: Theology of Abuse
Lesson 10: Misused Biblical Passages
Lesson 11: Reporting Requirements
Receive Advocate Certificate