The RAVE Project

Recent research has shown us that domestic violence is a very real problem not just for the average North American family, but for families that go to church, too. Now that this problem of domestic violence in religious households has been recognized, resources are becoming available to help the victims of abuse and those who support them. One of these resources is The RAVE (Religion and Violence e-Learning) Project website, which provides a wealth of faith-based information for church members struggling with abuse, and church leaders who are seeking to find the most effective way to deal with mistreatment within their congregations.
 
The RAVE Project website offers a broad range of voices, including survivors of domestic violence, therapists, advocates, academics, criminal justice workers, and religious leaders. The resources available for church leaders on the site include sermon materials, online training (where one can read the actual stories of victims who sought help from their church or pastor), and instructional lessons provided in 15-minutes segments easily saved as podcasts to listen to when time allows.
 
There is also an abundance of information available for Christian women in abusive marriages or relationships and for those who want to be prepared to help them. These include instructions on how to recognize the signs of family violence, a detailed safety plan that can be downloaded and personalized for any situation, and contact information for every women’s shelter in North America.
 
 
The RAVE Project is committed to providing knowledge and support for those families of faith impacted by abuse. They are dedicated to the mission of offering a place where those experiencing violence in their home can find hope and the resources to make a change in their lives for the better. To find out more about The RAVE Project, visit their website at http://www.theraveproject.com/.  

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  1. What financial help does the church give to women like me who were married to an abusive Pastor-Husband that they assisted in taking me to court: This is my story: I met my now ex-husband in the seminary at Andrews. After his graduation, I moved with him to his first pastorate in the Northern California conference. I noticed his abuse after the lost of our first child. I was placed on bedrest for 8 1/2 months with the 2nd pregnancy. His abuse intensified emotion and physically. I notified his Sr. Pastor Robert Whittaker about my husband’s abuse. He told me, “I can’t make him treat you right .” He then went to the church and advised the members if I call and ask them for help to get in touch with my husband first. I found out about this because a member called to see if I was alright explaining what was voiced from the pulpit. By God’s grace, I did have a live baby. I noticed my husband doing sexual things to our then 3 month old child. When I confronted him about his behavior he told me, “He’s my child too.” I spoke to the President of the conference-Schneider about my husband’s abusive behavior, He encouraged me to stay. The abuse continued, I saw no way out but to go back to my family in Florida. I got court papers in the mail about 3weeks after I left advising that my husband told the courts I was crazy, demanding physical custody of our then 6 month old son and requesting a legal separation from me. I now have to find an attorney in California that would represent me. I have paid over $40,000 in attorney fees alone. Flying back and forth to court from Florida to California was not only overwhelming but financially draining. At my first court case, I found that my husband’s Sr. Pastor came to represent and uphold him. Of course the courts didn’t deem me crazy but gave me physically custody of our son in Florida and visitations for his father. The sexual abuse continued during visitations while visitations was suppose to be supervised by Bobby Mitchell my ex-husband’s then Sr. Pastor. This was brought to the attention of the court who ordered sexual deviant testing on my ex-husband who refused to take the testing or visitation for 3 years. My ex-husband advised the Judge that he didn’t want to take the sexual deviant testing because, “I don’t want to loose my job. My ex-husband then stop visitations with our son.
    Over the years I’ve had to bear cost after cost that has been related to this issue. I want to know what financial compensation is there for me from a church that refused to believe me about the abuse that my son and I suffered, therefore assisted my ex-husband in continuing his abuse.

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