Creating A Safe Environment (C.A.S.E.)
Friday, April 28, 2017
CREATING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT
Creating A Safe Environment And The Church
CASE is a unique Domestic Violence Prevention/Intervention Program creating a safe haven for victims of domestic violence through its relationship with the leaders in the Faith community.
The question was asked, "How do you eat an elephant? The respondent answered, "one bite at a time." Thus, CASE has collaborated and developed relationships within the faith community one pastor at a time in our approach to eliminate the sin and crime of domestic violence.
As a culturally specific faith-based program targeting the Black/African American community, our first contact was with the faith community, namely the Long Beach Ministerial Alliance. We are grateful for those pastors who have responded to the need and the call to work with CASE to create a culture of peace in our churches, in our homes and in the streets. As former Los Angeles Police Chief Parks stated, "We used to think violence start in the streets and moves into the home, but now we know it starts in the home and goes into the street." I postulate, those pastors who have responded to our call, has done so because it has been reveale to them that it is not C.A.S.E. speaking, but the voice of Biblical Hermeneutics speaking to the Church and the voice is saying, "watch persons on the wall, awake from your sleep, now is the time to provide a safe haven for my children, it is time to hold abusers accountable and not compromise the scripture."
Because our primary focus is on breaking the silence of family violence, decreasing the prevalence of intimate partner abuse, and imparting knowledge of domestic violence resources , pastors have allowed CASE to conduct presentations and workshops in their churches. CASE has made presentations at strategic places, Long Beach Bible Institute under the direction of Dr. Garon Harden and other churches in the Long Beach and surrounding areas. From these presentations women have divulged information of abuse and some have escaped the wrath of domestic abuse.
CASE has had the opportunity to collalborate with churches in Long Beach, Compton, Orange County and Los Angeles. In addition to these contacts, CASE has provided training and workshops to leadership in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and, United Methodist Churches. We are proud to reiterate, that some of the pastors have come aboard as collaborators and advocates to provide resources to members of their congregatioin and individuals in the community who have been victimized by family violence and, those facing abuse. Therefore, CASE is heartened by the degree of commitment shown by those who have agreed to work with us. It is apparent we can no longer sweep this subject underneath the carpet, the carpet has gained too much height, and we are tripping and falling. We can no longer expect secular society to provide an answer to a spiritual problem, therefore:
WE BELIEVE, "DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS THE FAITH COMMUNITY'S BUSINESS!"