A pastor and a pastor’s wife join forces to discuss the role of the church in the prevention and assistance to victims of intimate partner violence. Do clergy have enough training, and the appropriate training, to aid victims of violence properly? We will find out what innovative methods and training are available to churches all across the country, how churches can join hands with citizens and organizations to present unity for the victims.
Over the past 10 years, Neil has served full-time in several pastoral roles ranging from family care and counseling to community groups and assimilation.
Neil is also an advocate for victims of domestic violence.
Neil lives in the Chicago suburbs with wife, Brandi, and three daughters, Hannah, Mia & Ava. You can learn more about Neil on his blog.
Gayle D’Ambrosio-Crabtree is a nationally recognized speaker and author. She is the founder ofHope for Healing.Org, a 501c3 nonprofit that serves victims of sexual and domestic violence. From her East Tennessee home Gayle maintains an active speaking and consulting schedule. As a survivor of sexual assault, her motivational speaking is an encouragement to others. The message of hope is “if I can, you can” and she does indeed help others to find their way to healing.
In 2002, Gayle D’Ambrosio-Crabtree was named a National Daily Point of Light. She received recognition from 2 US Presidents and from other officials. Gayle has appeared on national, regional and local television and has been written about in local newspapers and international publications. In 2007, she was named a “A Woman Worth Watching” in the international publication The Flier by the Commission on the Status and Role of Women of the United Methodist Church.
Gayle D’Ambrosio-Crabtree is a founding member of the Holston Conference Domestic Violence Task Force of the United Methodist Church. She is an in demand speaker and trainer who equips clergy to better respond to victims of domestic violence within their congregations.
Drawing on a decade and a half of experience in the field, she helps pastors understand the unique challenges faced by Christian victims. In her workshops pastor learn to recognize the symptoms of domestic violence and understand the cycle. She teaches pastors how to create a safety plan with a victim of domestic violence and helps pastors understand about what to expect when making a referral to a local domestic violence program.