October is “National Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in the U.S. and in this updated edition of ReligionLink, we provide resources, links, tips, and potential sources to help inform your reporting on religion and domestic abuse.
J. Merritt Johnston is Executive Director of Baptist World Alliance Women, which connects Baptist women in 145 countries. Associated with the Baptist World Alliance, BWAW aims to help women thrive through connections and resourcing like the Stand Against Domestic Violence initiative.
Allison Moder is a survivor of domestic violence and adjunct professor in practical theology at Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles. She is also a Ph.D. student at Claremont School of Theology, where she researches in the fields of theology, neuroscience, psychology and women’s studies to create resources for women to heal from relationship abuse.
Jenevieve Mannell is an associate professor in the University College London’s Institute for Global Health, specializing in the prevention of violence among women in places such as Afghanistan, India, Peru, Samoa and South Africa.
Nada Ibrahim is a criminologist, counseling psychologist and domestic violence expert — including intimate partner violence in Muslim communities — at the University of South Australia, in Adelaide.
Keshet Starr is a writer, speaker and CEO of the Organization for the Resolution of Agunot, which seeks to eliminate abuse from the Jewish divorce process.
Hannah Hollander is a domestic violence advocate and founder of Speak Your Truth Today, a global Facebook support group for domestic violence survivors.
Patricia A. Fersch is the founding partner of Fersch LLC, dealing with thousands of cases involving families caught in the turmoil of family law conflicts. She has published extensively on domestic violence, abuse and the courts.
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence helps people better understand, respond to and prevent domestic violence. The center has developed a number of key initiatives to facilitate a deeper focus on a particular issue or population, including VAWnet, the Domestic Violence Awareness Project and Community Based Participatory Research toolkit.