Domestic Violence

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Building Peaceful Families Project

Domestic violence is a pervasive, destructive yet hidden problem in New York City’s faith communities. Some studies show as many as 1 out 3 families are struggling with abusive behaviors that cause long term harm not only to family members, but to the entire faith community.  Since religious leaders have a powerful influence on the social and moral lives of their communities, they can play a significant role in addressing domestic violence and building peaceful families.

The Interfaith Center of New York and CONNECT is offering free educational workshops, support and technical assistance to religious leaders who recognize that domestic violence is an issue in their community and who wish to develop skills to respond safely and effectively to crises when they arise as well as educate their communities so that further abuse can be prevented.

In a series of educational workshops, religious leaders will explore the tactics and dynamics of abuse, crises intervention, and how to prevent domestic violence, including how to raise awareness about abuse in pre-marital counseling, youth groups, and the entire faith community.  After religious leaders have completed the workshops, we will offer support and technical assistance as they develop Building Peaceful Families initiatives in their own community.

For further information please contact Rev. Chloe Breyer:

Tel: 212.870.3532;   E-mail:

Other resources and emergency phone numbers should you or someone you know need help:

911 (emergency) or 311 (non-emergency)

Safe Horizon Hotline: 800.621.HOPE (4673)

Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence – Quick List of resources

CONNECT Legal Advocacy Helpline: (212) 683-0605

Violence Awareness & Prevention Guide for students, produced by Learn Psychology