Prevention is the active process of creating conditions that
and protect the well-being of vulnerable others. Many churches naively assume that their church is a safe
haven where abuse and exploitation of vulnerable others would never take place. Until it does.
On any given Sunday morning, approximately 25% of the women
sitting in church pews are victims of domestic abuse, ranging from verbal and
economic abuse to sexual and physical violence. These statistics don’t include
the victims of husband abuse, child abuse, and sexual harassment or
exploitation that are also present that Sunday.
At some point, someone in your church will seek your help in
addressing one or more of these issues.
exist, and look for opportunities to connect with vulnerable others. They may
volunteer to work with children or youth, serve as
lay counselors or peer support group leaders, or even obtain staff or
leadership positions in the church. Churches that automatically assume that their
staff, leaders, teachers and volunteers are all “good people” are ripe for
you manage this risk?
haven’t given much thought to these questions, now is a good time to do so. No
church is immune to the problems of child abuse, family violence, or criminal
or sexual exploitation of its members, regardless of its size, location or
shows that most church leaders are not equipped to deal with domestic violence,
child abuse or neglect, clergy misconduct or the presence of predators.
Although often church leaders are the first source of help that abuse victims
seek out, studies show that most church leaders are unprepared for this
responsibility and unsure of what to do.
church serves have a right to expect church leaders to take appropriate steps
to protect them from harm. Hoping and praying that abuse won’t happen in your
church simply isn’t enough.
What do Church Leaders and Churches need to do?
leaders and congregations need to know how to recognize and effectively deal
with episodes of domestic violence, child abuse, allegations of clergy
misconduct and other crisis situations. Too often, these issues come to the
attention of the church only after a serious situation abruptly comes to light
and demands immediate action.
effectively in the face of the high emotions that accompany such scenarios is
difficult at best, and is nearly impossible without advance preparation. Church
staff, leaders and volunteers need proper training in order to meet community
standards for church safety and security, protect vulnerable persons, and
appropriately intervene in situations that pose threats of harm.
Contact me at (901) 229-2849 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a
free initial consultation and discover what your church can do to protect vulnerable
others. Learn how to recognize threats to church safety and security, take
sound prevention measures, advocate effectively for those at risk and intervene
swiftly when the unthinkable occurs.
prevention package,available for a one-time cost, includes on-site training for all church staff members, ministers,
leaders and teachers in protection of vulnerable others, relevant reporting requirements
(including state-specific legal mandates), considerations in responding to
allegations of abuse or misconduct, dealing with crisis situations effectively,
and establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries in church ministry.
Additional training is
available in these and other topics:
Leaders Should Know About Risk Management
& Protection of Vulnerable Others
Dealing Effectively with Crisis Situations
and Responding to Domestic Violence
and Reporting Child Abuse/Neglect
and Dealing with Sexual Harassment
Restoring Trust When Church Leaders Fail
Conduct Standards for Ministers, Church Leaders & Volunteers
Cultural Awareness to Cultural Competence