As a member of Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia’s (WMUV) 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 missions 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, Henry-Whitehead 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 they have suffered personally, Henry-Whitehead said.
A key factor of outreach addresses strategies churches, communities, individuals and groups can use to tackle the problem.
“Of course, the first thing is to pray,” she said. “We pray for relationships, we pray for marriages because domestic violence is across ages and stages and gender.”
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Source: Baptist Press