As a member of Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia’s Hope Team: Domestic Violence, Jocelyn Henry-Whitehead emphasizes that “domestic violence or intimate partner violence is really a global issue.”
As she seeks to help others break the cycle of domestic violence through awareness and education, she has participated in several conferences and mission trips across the U.S. and in Kenya, Rwanda, South Korea and Spain.
“Wherever I go, domestic violence is there in that particular place,” she said. An advocate for domestic violence awareness based on her own experience growing up in an abusive home, she added, “I’m so thankful that I can do this.”
Approximately a third of women worldwide face domestic or intimate partner violence, she said, citing World Health Organization statistics. Males can be victims, but females are disproportionately affected.
Many in WMUV’s domestic violence awareness initiative participate because of domestic violence suffered personally, Henry-Whitehead said.
A key factor of outreach addresses strategies churches, communities and individuals and groups can use to tackle the problem.
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Source: Baptist Press