Churches and religious organizations to counter domestic violence through the joint effort: action plan already developed
The Internet resource is at the final stage of development. The site will contain useful information for couples and families with children about building relationships and resolving conflicts without violence, according to the Institute for Religious Freedom.
To this end, a working group of representatives of different faiths met in Kyiv to agree on a list of questions regarding domestic violence that can be answered by the religious community. Educational materials will also include advice from psychologists who combine scientific knowledge with religious values in their practice.
The professionals of the churches and religious organizations also identified the main provisions of the communication strategy for countering domestic violence, which will be proposed for use by all members of the All-Ukraine Council of Churches and Religious Organizations.
The working group involves representatives of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church, the Ukrainian Church of Christians of Evangelical Faith, the Church of Seventh-day Adventists, Ukrainian Christian Evangelical Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church, Ukrainian Lutheran Church, the German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine, the Union of Jewish Religious Organizations of Ukraine, the Religious Administration of Muslims of Ukraine, as well as professionals from other faiths.
The Institute for Religious Freedom is implementing the project "Combating domestic violence in Ukraine during the COVID-19 pandemic through the involvement of religious leaders and local churches" with the support of the Canadian Foundation for Local Initiatives.