We advocate for policies that prevent all forms of domestic and intimate partner harm and violence. We support legislation that creates system changes to improve survivor safety and increase abuser accountability. We stand with survivors to secure their needed resources so that they may fully thrive. The United Methodist Social Principles say, “We recognize that family violence and abuse in all its forms—verbal, psychological, physical, and sexual—is detrimental to the covenant of the human community.” We encourage the church to provide a safe environment, counsel, and support for the victim. While we deplore the actions of the abuser, we affirm that person to be in need of God’s redeeming love”. 2 Samuel 13:1-22, Mal. 2:16-17, Psalm 11:5, Col. 3:19.
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