Religious Leaders Look to End Domestic Violence in Community

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, Florida - April 17, 2012 -

Religious leaders are looking for ways to help end domestic violence in our community.

WCTV's Shonda Knight was at Bethel AME Church in Tallahassee where she emceed the panel's discussion.

1 out every four women in the united states will be a victim of domestic violence. And when the partner who is supposed to love them, abuses them, the victim may turn to the spiritual leader for guidance. That's why the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council put together today's panel discussion.

Click on the video player above to see our live interview with Michelle Johnson with DVCC.

About a dozen ministers from various religious backgrounds participated in today's discussion. The hope is that they will spread the word in their churches and communities to help end abuse.


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  • by Advocate Location: Tallahassee on Apr 17, 2012 at 04:24 PM
    Wow -such cynics! The religious leaders were actually trained by advocates at this event on how to do the right thing when helping a victim of DV. To their credit, none of the clergy on the panel (from a large variety of faiths) said they would tolerate an abuser in their congregation and would never recommend a victim stay in an abusive relationship. The idea is for other clergy to learn this message and from what I saw they did. We did discuss a former minister who was an abuser by the way. As for Poor White - what the heck are you talking about? This was a DVCC event - the clergy were there to LEARN.
  • by It's about time.. on Apr 17, 2012 at 04:17 PM
    Start with family values first, and Abstinence, and racism. Sound like they got a big nut to crack.
  • by Jake on Apr 17, 2012 at 03:34 PM
    How about free welfare guns, like the cell phones.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM
    The only way to completely end domestic violence it to completely end domestic relationships.
  • by Yea yea yea on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:01 AM
    They will talk a lot and do very little.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2012 at 10:48 AM
    Religion is the root of ALL evil.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2012 at 01:06 PM in reply to
      Yes, by them tryin to help others you think it is evil...
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      by Truth on Apr 18, 2012 at 04:19 AM in reply to
      you are the root of all evil stop beating your wife! and children!
  • by Concerned Location: Tallahassee on Apr 17, 2012 at 10:11 AM
    When I hear the term domestic violence, I think of the person that has had enough physical and/or mental abuse and fights back. I know that is not always the case. If the 'abusers' were dealt with more aggressively, and with counselling, perhaps they can turn their actions around.
  • by Rene Location: Tallahassee on Apr 17, 2012 at 09:55 AM
    Wow, what if one of your "religious leaders" is an abuser him/herself. Then what?
  • by Poor White Location: Trash on Apr 17, 2012 at 09:21 AM
    Just another way for the "big time" holy rollers to get the spotlight. They don't really care about us. If they did, they wouldn't turn us away. Makes me sick when they piggyback off the poor & needy!!
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      by Anonymous on Apr 17, 2012 at 01:07 PM in reply to Poor White
      What have you done to try and help the community out?
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