There is an epidemic affecting one out of every four women. They suffer behind closed doors, most often concealing their pain, fearful of those on both sides of the door. These are the victims of abuse. They are neighbors, co-workers, friends, and loved ones. Victims of abuse come from all walks of life, and this epidemic knows no boundaries. While the secular world can offer protection and advice, it cannot provide the one thing most needed: Jesus’s healing touch that brings renewal and hope.
The Evangelical Covenant Church addresses sexual assault and its related concern, domestic violence, through the Advocacy for Victims of Abuse (AVA) initiative. As a church we acknowledge the reality of brokenness and sin in the world as well as the power of the community to heal brokenness through Jesus Christ. AVA informs, educates, and raises awareness in our congregations and communities.
The PSWC Ministry to Women offers opportunities for training to be an Advocate for Victims of Abuse in your church and Mending the Soul small groups to begin the healing process for victims of abuse. Trainings are offered by our PSWC Regional Director, Cindy Perdichizzi, as needed. Contact Cindy for more information: HERE. Mending the Soul groups are offered online twice a year. More information and registration for Mending the Soul groups will be posted here at a future date.