The Rise of Intimate Partner and Family Violence During the COVID-19 Crisis:

How can chaplains & faith leaders respond?


In light of the COVID -19 stay-at-home orders, we spoke with faith leaders and experts about pandemic-related isolation conditions that are impacting people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, intimate partner and family violence, and how chaplains and congregational leaders can help. On April 20, 2020 the Rev. Dr. Katie Givens Kime, Director of Religion and Civic Engagement at Odyssey Impact led panelists in a thoughtful conversation on providing leadership and spiritual care in the midst of the increase of intimate partner and family violence during the pandemic. The faith leaders shared wisdom and insights from their personal experiences.

We really have an opportunity in this crisis...this is a dangerous opportunity for us to revamp how we deal and address and protect those who are victims of domestic violence.

Resources to help lead congregations, communities and classroom
discussion on topics related to intimate partner and family violence.

To help you in your work, please review the video excerpts of the intimate conversation, curated by Hasnaa Mokhtar, Special Program Manager of Peaceful Families Organization, along with brief expert reflections, discussion questions and suggested additional resources.

Preaching to Break the Silence
Curated Video Clip #1

Duration [3:24]

Centering the Voices & Lived Experiences of Victims & Survivors
Curated Video Clip #2

Duration [5:08]

Intervention at the Intersection of Privilege & Oppression
Curated Video Clip #3

Duration [4:13]

Expert Reflection and Discussion Guide

We hope that the accompanying written resources will support you while leading your congregations and classrooms during this time. We have heard from our wider network that these “bite-sized” resources are ideal for clergy cohort groups, deacon/congregational care teams, seminary education modules, and general faith leader edification and support.

Hasnaa Mokhtar

For these curated video clips and written resources, we are grateful to Hasnaa Mokhtar, Special Program Manager at Peaceful Families Organization.

It's important that those of us who are going to be challenging our congregations, whether they're black or white, we have to begin to ask, how does a great God show love to an oppressed people?

Panel Moderator:

Rev. Dr. Katie Givens Kime

Director of Religion and Civic Engagement
Odyssey Impact


Fr. Charles W. Dahm, O.P.

Archdiocesan Director of Domestic Violence Outreach
St. Pius V Parish
Chicago, IL

Rev. Tawana Davis

Soul 2 Soul Sisters
Denver, CO

Cortney Fisher

Interim Executive Director
Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse

Rev. Amy Gopp

Senior Minister
Kent United Church of Christ
Board President
Faith Trust Institute
Kent, OH

Imam Mohammad Magid

Executive Imam
All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center
Sterling, VA

Special thanks to our Co-Presenting Partners on this Live Town Hall:

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