The Lena Baker Domestic Violence and Women's Health Summit brought together multiple faith communities to discuss the impact of domestic violence. Bringing forth real-life experiences, the Panel enhanced the awarenss and the purpose that October is domestic violence awarenss month.
Walking In Silence Discussion Part 1
According to the United Nations, Domestic abuse also called "domestic violence" or "intimate partner violence", can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure, or wound someone. Domestic abuse can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. It can occur within a range of relationships including couples who are married, living together, or dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
Victims of domestic abuse may also include a child or other relative, or any other household member. Domestic abuse is typically manifested as a pattern of abusive behavior toward an intimate partner in a dating or family relationship, where the abuser exerts power and control over the victim.
Domestic abuse can be mental, physical, economic, or sexual in nature. Incidents are rarely isolated and usually escalate in frequency and severity. Domestic abuse may culminate in serious physical injury or death.
Walking In Silence Discussion Part 2
The discussions led to the consideration that greater direction of the faith-based community is critical. And that the responsiblity of domestic violence must be a component of the faith community.
The Lena Baker Domestic Violence & Women's Health Summit panel consisted of
Min. Najiyyah Bailey, Lyricist Joy Katzen-Guthrie, Rev. Rita R Love, Mr. John Lazar, Dr. Damon Powell, Rev. Rosie Clavelle, Dr. Christine W. Thorpe, and Rev. Bridget Mitchell.
Next year's (2022) Panel discussion is entitled "What's Love Got to Do With It?": The Trama of Domestic Violence and Love.