Faith Intervention: A Preventive Approach to Intimate Partner Violence

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45 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 7, 2021

Carlotta Walcott
Carlotta Walcott, MS, MA
Women’s Services Coordinator
Center for Court Innovation

Research has found that there is no significant difference in prevalence rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) in faith communities and the general population. According to McAllister and Roberts-Lewis (2010), who studied IPV in the United States, “IPV threatens the well-being, security, and lives of millions of religious women each year” (p. 161). Faith leaders are generally held in high esteem and enjoy a level of trust that others in the community may not be accorded. As a result, it is imperative for service providers to engage faith leaders to provide the requisite training on both prevention and intervention strategies for responding to IPV in the faith community. Without proper education, the faith leader’s uninformed approach to IPV could seriously harm the victim’s efforts to cope or seek help.

This workshop uses a survivor’s lens to center the role of faith in the experience of intimate partner violence. The presenter uses her research on “The Response of Faith Leaders to Intimate Partner Violence In their Faith Community” to discuss the impact of theological foundations, faith leader’s readiness, and general attitudes surrounding IPV. It offers service providers sensitive and appropriate engagement techniques that fosters partnership building with faith communities that does not create or widen rifts on the basis of doctrine, philosophies, or models.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Develop techniques to engage faith leaders to recognize and respond to intimate partner Violence (IPV) in their faith communities.
  • Analyze the role of faith leaders in providing effective holistic initiatives around IPV in their faith communities. 
  • Create culturally informed interventions to create a safe and supportive space for survivors of IPV in faith communities.

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