Because many victims turn to their spiritual leaders and faith communities for guidance and support, the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence recognizes the unique and pivotal role faith-based communities can play in the effective response to and elimination of domestic violence. The MNADV helps keep faith-based communities well-informed with practical information and resources, and connected to other faith communities through trainings and events. Two initiatives are currently supported by MNADV, which others are invited to join.
Interfaith Toolkit Taskforce
MNADV works with clergy, lay leaders, and advocates to develop materials for an online toolkit that faith-based professionals can use to improve each congregation’s response to domestic violence. The development of this toolkit is currently underway. Individuals are needed to identify gaps and resources to include, to develop or provide content, to review content, and to assist with the development and implementation of a marketing plan. To participate, please complete the information below.
Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition
MNADV provides support and participates on a steering committee made up of clergy, lay leaders, and advocates from Baltimore and across the state to enhance a new, innovative model program established by two judges and supported by the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office and the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives (GOCI). This model seeks to engage these stakeholders to improve partnerships and collaboration with each other, to encourage cross-training and promote opportunities for learning, and to encourage congregations to speak out and take action about domestic violence. Two events, a summer Kick-Off Event and a fall Day of Learning, are held by the steering committee. The program culminates with an annual call to clergy and congregations to take action during a designated October Weekend. Dates for 2014 are included below. For more information on the Initiative, contact GOCI using the form below.
- Kick Off Event: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
- Day of Learning: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
- Weekend of Action: October 24-26, 2014