Creating A Safe Environment (C.A.S.E.)
Monday, June 26, 2017

Domestic Violence Awarness Month



 
RESOLUTION NO. 119
 
WHEREAS domestic violence is a serious problem affecting all racial, ethnic, age, gender, religious and socioeconomic groups; and
 
WHEREAS for centuries, the church has been a full participant in the conspiracy of silence surrounding domestic violence, therefore, in the pews of every church every Sunday sit both perpetrators and their victims; and
 
WHEREAS four million women are victims of domestic violence each year, and 30% of women killed in the United States die at the hands of a husband or boyfriend; and
 
WHEREAS domestic violence and intimate partner abuse takes many forms, such as physical, psychological, emotional, and financial abuse and including beatings, sexual abuse, overt and covert intimidations, isolation, verbal abuse, misuse and /or abuse or destruction of assets and valuables, destruction of self-esteem; and
 
WHEREAS the effects of domestic violence are devastating-destroying families, taking the lives of women, children and men, emotionally traumatizing the young people who witness it, increasing the number of men and women incarcerated, creating serious physical and mental health problems, and contributing to substance abuse an homelessness; and
 
WHEREAS the United Methodist Church has been one of the forerunners in addressing social and economic issues in the wider community; and
 
WHEREAS Resolution 36 of the 1998 California-Pacific Annual Conference declared the second Sunday of October as "DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS SUNDAY," and strongly encouraged all Churches to observe this Sunday morning worship services; and
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church continue its efforts to break the silence concerning this deplorable situation and address this social and spiritual ill; and
 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church establish a Domestic Violence Task Force, appointed by the Bishop in consultation with the Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women, to train and educate clergy and laity on the issue of domestic violence and provide resources to churches for Domestic Violence Awareness Sunday.
 
 
SUBJECT:   DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS AND EDUCATION
 
SUBMITTED BY:    CONFERENCE COMMISSION ON THE STATUS AND ROLE OF WOMEN