Faith leaders gather to talk dealing with domestic violence - FOX Carolina 21

Faith leaders gather to talk dealing with domestic violence

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A woman shares her story of domestic abuse (FOX Carolina) A woman shares her story of domestic abuse (FOX Carolina)
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The conversation about domestic violence in South Carolina is now turning to local clergy. Victims' advocate groups Safe Harbor and ManUpstate were at Grace Church on Pelham Rd. to share with religious leaders how they can step up and fight this Palmetto State problem.

The forum this morning brought together dozens of pastors, ministers and other local religious leaders. A victim of domestic abuse stood up and shared her story, talking about how much she relied her on her faith in God to guide her through that time. Advocates tell FOX Carolina many times, domestic abuse victims tell their pastor or church leader about the abuse before involving law enforcement.

Safe Harbor officials said it is important for religious leaders to first believe the victim, offer support, then provide resources for her to get help. 

The woman who shared her story did not want her name published, but she spoke with FOX Carolina following the forum. 

"I think the faith community could do an excellent job of shedding light on domestic violence by speaking about it from the pulpits," she said. "Communicating to the congregation that they are a safe place and that they are a place that will believe them if they come forward."

Statistics show 1 in 4 women in the U.S. will be victims of domestic violence in their lifetime. South Carolina ranks number one on the list of states where women are killed by men. 

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