Training to Address Domestic Violence

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Helga Edwards MSW, co-author of the book entitled “Addressing Domestic Violence in the Church,” offers to provide the following training to equip churches, faith organizations, and those who work with abused women of the Christian faith: 

Identifying and responding to domestic violence

  • identifying signs of domestic abuse

  • responding to victims

  • responding to abusers

  • other steps churches can take to address domestic abuse 

Learn to identify how abusers distort the Bible in a manner that serves to perpetuate domestic violence

  • identify how abusers commonly misuse Bible passages on the topics of  "headship, submission, forgiveness and divorce"

Self-care for those who work with trauma

  • understanding vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout

  • learn how to pace yourself, receive support, and practice healthy self-care  

It is recommended that all church staff and volunteers receive training about Domestic Violence at least once a year. Churches and other organizations may wish to receive training on some or all of the available topics.


Helga Edwards has Bachelors' degrees in Religious Education and Social Development Studies, as well as her Master's Degree in Social Work. In 2013, she received the Delta Epsilon Chi Award for Intellectual Achievement, Christian Character and Leadership Ability, from the Association for Biblical Higher Education. For 20 years, she worked as a Social Worker and Psychotherapist in community counseling, hospital, and church settings.

Helga is also available to facilitate support groups to help women recover from domestic abuse.

Feel free to use the contact tab if you have any questions, or if you would like Helga to provide this training to your group or organization.