Speaking Up! Christian Response Online Course

Rated 4.92 out of 5 based on 12 customer ratings
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Speaking Up is designed to inform and equip you to understand domestic violence existing in the Christian Community. It then invites you to be a part of the growing movement addressing the unspeakable with defiant hope.

There are 11 modules included, each designed to take between 1 1/2 to 2 hours. This curriculum is offered online and accompanied by videos that will share real-life stories from domestic violence survivors. Educational materials provided by domestic violence advocates and religious resources provided by Christian faith communities.  All is combined to educate and then invite dialogue about the impact of domestic violence and trauma in the Christian community.

Topics include:
  • Self Care.then
  • Definitions of Domestic Violence.then
  • Dynamics of Power and Control.then 
  • Impact of Violence on Children. then 
  • Parenting and Domestic Violence. then 
  • Safety Planning. then
  • Responding to Domestic Violence within the Christian Faith.
  • Recommendations for Working with Victims and Perpetrators.
  • The Community of Faith as a Resource.
  • Links Between Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking.
  • Change and Accountability.
  • A Coordinated Community Response.

If you would like a certificate of completion, then you will need to fill out an evaluation form. Then upon completion you will be prompted to take a quiz and then a certificate of completion will be emailed.

Also, you will be invited to join a secret Facebook Group that others who have completed this training have joined. This will provide you with a supportive community for you and the work you provide! Thank you for considering this training! This is a conversation that needs to happen!

TOGETHER, we can do justice by mercifully restoring broken relationships! (Micah 6:8)

12 reviews for Speaking Up! Christian Response Online Course

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cathy Roldan

    This course was very helpful in learning how to help others involved in domestic violence. I found the videos engaging and meaningful. From a minister’s perspective, I appreciated the insight on how to deal with people caught up in the cycle to see their value as a human. Highly recommend this course.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Glenn Rogers Sr.

    This workshop on Domestic Violence was a very eye-opening experience for me. I learned so much about domestic violence and I am a better man for taking this course. The videos in this course were very illuminating and filled with real life stories that just really broke my heart. The questions were very thought provoking and made me realize how much misinformation about domestic violence is out there. It behooves every Christian to seriously consider taking this course because domestic violence within the Christian community is just as prevalent as it in the world at large. As a minster of the gospel of Jesus Christ and as an ambassador of reconciliation, I am so happy that I took this course. I know that I am better prepared to minister to victims of domestic violence and I am able to steer them in the right direction to bring about a positive change in their life. I highly recommend this course for Christians and non-Christians alike because domestic violence cuts across all socioeconomic, religious, racial, political, and ethnic backgrounds. This workshop is very effective at bring out of the closet the hideous, clandestine, dark secret of domestic violence that is counter to what it means to be a Christian.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rev Rodger Niemeier

    As a Christian pastor of 44 years, I found the Speaking Up DV Training Course extremely insightful and practically helpful. Having had domestic violence families, abuse victims and abusers, in my ministries over the years, I learned the hard way what to do – mostly learning from doing what I shouldn’t have done! In other words, because there was such silence on this subject in the Church, I didn’t know what to do! This course helped answer many questions I’ve had.

    The course is thorough: I better understand all the dynamics of DV, as to the mindset and motivations of the abuser and the the victim(s), how it affects the whole family and perpetuates more abuse (without intervention). I understand how to recognize the signs of likely domestic violence situations, how to be prepared to effectively intervene without causing more harm than good, how to connect with domestic violence agencies in my community and properly refer and support victims and perpetrators in the process of getting the real help they each need, and how to take care of myself in the process (healthy self care). I’ve learned how prevalent domestic violence is, in all its forms (from neglect to emotional abuse to physical violence), and how educated and vigilant church leaders, staff and even parishioners need to be. With pastors and churches being the first help victims usually turn to, this course helps me understand the proper preparations that need to be in place to offer “real” help; planning how to truly help victims. I understand my role as a church leader is to educate from the pulpit, the classroom, in every avenue of ministering, bringing this destructive secret into the light: clearing up misused Scriptures and thinking that have unwittingly perpetuated domestic violence and training leaders, staff and parishioners in biblically right understandings of the truth of the problem and how we can, in Christ, intervene and make a difference in diminishing this problem.

    This learning experience included several first-hand stories of those who’ve suffered abuse; that particularly opened my eyes and my heart to catch more fully the Lord’s heart on this widespread, harrowing issue, and develop a healthy passion to engage effectively, purposely in this issue to make a difference and save lives. Those enduring such abusive situations in their homes should never be able to be part of a fellowship of Christians and their situation go unnoticed, and unaddressed. This course motivated me and equipped me to be aware, vigilant and prepared to make a difference. Thank you, Dr Nancy Murphy!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Diana Savage

    This course equipped me with a new understanding of what abuse is—and is not. I learned steps to help victims who are caught in the trap of abusive relationships, along with how to help them devise a safety plan without overstepping their boundaries. I especially appreciated confirmation of the correct interpretation of Scripture passages that traditionally have been misused in order to keep victims in toxic relationships. Such misinterpretations end up twisting what the Bible actually teaches about God’s nature. The knowledge I gained through this course has inspired me to begin a new series on my blog to speak out on behalf of my sisters (and brothers) who are bound by the effects of abuse in intimate-partner relationships.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    James Melin

    In my work with The Salvation Army, I come across people regularly who I either suspect are in domestic violence situations, or I know for certain that they are. This course has helped me greatly in recognizing behavior patterns of victims – as well as perpetrators. It has also helped me understand and counsel with both victim and perpetrator.

    This course has also helped me understand the need for education in the Christian community on this subject, and how little understanding there is, even among – or perhaps especially among – pastors and church leaders.

    I recommend Speaking Up: Recognizing and Addressing Domestic Violence in the Christian Community certainly to every pastor and church worker, and even to every Christian. There IS something we can do to help!

  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    Sharon Aubrey

    The course offers practical teaching on domestic violence patterns and primarily how to recognize these patterns and assist victims for safety. It has very insightful videos and charts that can be used to help ministers grow in their understanding of how to properly address issues of domestic violence and exactly how the Church overall has failed to address these issues Biblically. It was heartbreaking to learn that domestic violence is being condoned and strengthened by church pastors and elders through the twisting of scripture to justify the abuser and minimize the faith of the victims. The main theme prevalent throughout the course was how ignorance of these patterns and motivations of abusers only strengthens DV in our communities and what we as ministers can do to strip the enemy of this power. This course will definitely dispel the ignorance many ministers encounter with DV and will help strengthen your professional knowledge for a better response in helping all those involved in Domestic Violence.

    I gave only four stars because I felt the course did not fully bring out the aspect of female abusers, focusing more on the traditional male abuser role. There are many women who abuse, and the shame and stereotyping of that abuse often leads men and children into silent suffering. Also, I would have loved to see more aspects on how to truly minister to the abuser in these situations in becoming accountable and responsible for change. Additionally, I would have like to have acquired more knowledge of potential manipulation patterns that are used against the Christian minister’s forgiving heart. In our efforts to serve and help people grow and change, we are easy to forgive and with abusers, clearly defining what manipulating behaviors or patterns to look for from a ministering prospective as we try to encourage the safety of the victims and possible reconciliation in the relationship would have been helpful.

    Overall, Speaking Up! will be a blessing to your ministry.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Karen Boone

    I would highly recommend the “Speaking Up: Recognizing and Addressing Domestic Violence in the Christian Community” course to church pastors, church leadership, faith based organizations, and anyone who interacts with, engages or provides a service to the public.
    This course thoroughly covers the dynamics of family, domestic and intimate partner violence. It offers a Christian approach to tackling matters from providing advocacy to the victim, intervention of the perpetrators. It emphasizes the importance of working with each family members involved in the violence. It offers realistic skills that can promote healing, transformation and restoration of the family unit. It provides educational tools on how to recognize the signs of intimate partner violence, the trauma incurred by the victim, the impact of victimization upon the children, effective intervention and the ramifications of doing nothing.
    As a prevention education coordinator of a sexual assault mental health center and crime victim’s center, I had the opportunity to provide education and training to church and faith based ministries. Through the engagements I discovered their initial beliefs often mirrored societal norms, stereotypes, norms around issues of family and sexual violence. With deep conversations and private opportunities to learn this community was challenged to make paradigm shifts, learn new methods to tackle family violence. Empowered with new tools, skills and knowledge most were willing to take ownership in changing the norms that allowed violence to continue within their spheres.
    As a crisis advocate I had many occasions to engage in conversations to talk with individuals who were survivors of intimate partner violence. As Christians they turned to the church for counseling early into the abuse. They stated being re-victimized by clergy. They believed they turned to the church and were met with a lack of apathy, by church staff that lacked knowledge or the ability to effectively intervene and or stop the violent behavior they were experiencing. Most of the individuals I spoke with who initially turned to the church stated feelings of hurt, of bitterness and betrayal. Most felt distanced from the church, from Christians and from God.
    This course focuses on the church’s role and its responsibility for effectively addressing an issue that has become epidemic in our church and within our society. It speaks to the church’s role in providing advocacy to the victims, calling for accountability of the perpetrators and taking responsibility to assistance in family restoration. It reinforces the importance of victim responders taking steps to become educated and knowledgeable. It places a heavy emphasis on the capacity to provide counseling services utilizing Christian principles through an application of a Christian approach.
    Through a variety of videos, written accounts and real life testimonials the participant is drawn into real life accounts of the psychological suffering involved in family violence. They are allowed to hear from the victim, the perpetrator, and from the church and given the opportunity to process the trauma and to ponder their own perspective as a Christian leader. Many practical skills and realistic tools are provided to equip and enhance their roles of advocacy and counseling and self-care tools to prevent burnout. The participant is empowered with a greater sense of confidence in their abilities to meet the needs of individuals suffering from family, domestic and intimate partner violence. I would highly recommend the “Speaking Up: Recognizing and Addressing Domestic Violence in the Christian Community” course.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Daniel H Boggs

    I have learned that without the knowledge that one gains from this exercise, and the rest of the Domestic Violence Course, that a good person could be committing certain aspects of Domestic Violence without realizing that it is part of Domestic Violence. I have also learned that every human being needs to take this course.This course could possibly save marriages that otherwise would be finished.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Daniel H Boggs

    I have learned that without the knowledge that one gains from this exercise, and the rest of the Domestic Violence Course, that a good person could be committing certain aspects of Domestic Violence without realizing that it is part of Domestic Violence. I have also learned that every human being needs to take this course.This course could possibly save marriages that otherwise would be finished. I am so glad to be in this course.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Miller

    This course has been both a real eye-opener, and a real blessing, in more ways than one. I’m a minister, and as children, both my brother and I were abused by our mother. This makes it difficult to effectively deal with these issues, when they arise in the lives of others, especially when they are emotionally invested in an abusive relationship. This course helped me come to terms with some of my own issues, and has given me a multitude of resources for effecting profound, meaningful changes for the better.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dr. Jeff Brown

    The course was very helpful. I already have implemented it in two ways, one, advice to a young lady who she should contact abut her ongoing abusive situation. Secondly, a young man who is overly controlling with his third wife. I gave him a professional counselor in the area to help him through his strongly controlling issues.
    The stories will be a great help to others living in the same environment. Any abuse is to be strongly defended. Helping those in abusive situations come out of it, takes endurance, planning\, and faith.
    Anyone facing these issues need to have a strong rock. I would highly recommend this course to all counselors, a difficult time has been addressed in this course… take the course, you will not be disappointed..
    Dr Jeff Brown

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Annagail Lynes

    This is a very informative, engaging course. I was drawn in through the victims’ stories. Some that sounded much like my own and my mother’s. I learned what domestic violence is and how victims have been held back from getting help by the church, the people who are supposed to love them and be there for them. This course challenges to all do our part to stop the violence.

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