Understanding Domestic Violence, for Faith Leaders and Spiritual Activists

Understanding Domestic Violence, for Faith Leaders and Spiritual Activists


A call to all advocates, organizers, healers, clergy, and changemakers.

Domestic violence is an epidemic across the nation and across the world. Last year there were 279,651 domestic violence incident reports in New York city alone, and most studies show that 1 in 3 women will experience some form of intimate violence in their lifetime. Unfortunately, the numbers may be even higher, as most assaults go unreported.

What are ministers, clinicians, and those in the helping professions to do? this workshop is a call to all advocates, organizers, healers, faith leaders, and anyone interested in raising awareness of this powerful topic.

Studies show that a large majority of those people who have been afflicted want to go to their faith leaders for help. Beyond discussing finding physical safety for those who are affected, we will take a look at the emotional and spiritual consequences that can cascade down through lives of survivors. Faith leaders, spiritual activists, and helpers have a powerful role to play in the intervention, prevention, and healing of the wounds of intimate violence. We will investigate the many forms of abuse and the intersections among intimate-partner violence, health, and social justice, so that no matter your role, you will gain skills in helping those suffering from abuse.

This class offers the opportunity to retrain our eyes, ears, and hearts around the issue of violence so that we may see it in some of its more subtle forms and respond to it with more awareness and wisdom.



Sally MacNichol

Rev. Sally MacNichol, Ph.D., is a graduate of OSIS, Class of 2009. She is Co-Executive Director of CONNECT, a New York City nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing interpersonal violence and promoting gender justice. In 2012, Sally spearheaded the formation of the Ending Child Sexual Abuse Faith Collaborative, which developed and piloted the Safe Faith Community Project, a 9-month training program for churches working to address and prevent child sexual abuse. Sally currently serves on the board of Freedom House, one of the few domestic violence shelters in the country for people with disabilities, on the advisory board of House of Peace, a nonprofit organization working to address intimate violence in NYC's Muslim Communities and on the steering committee of the New York City Elder Abuse Center of New York. She was recently named a New York New Abolitionist. Sally earned her Masters of Divinity and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.


Keisha Kogan

Rev. Keisha Kogan is a graduate of OSIS Class of 2014. Since then, she has earned her Master's of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in the area of Religion and Psychology and has worked as a chaplain with survivors of domestic violence at the Manhattan Family Justice Center as part of the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence. Rev. Kogan worked as an intern at CONNECT Faith for two years and is pleased to be the new Coordinator of CONNECT Faith. She lives inNew York City with her three amazing children.

OneSpirit Elective Credit: 1.0
Available by: Download Recordings Only (learn more about videoconference)
Price: General Public: $ 95.00 | One Spirit Graduates: $ 85.00

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