chapter  11
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Thinking about Cooperation and Collaboration between Diverse Religious and Secular Community Responses to Domestic Violence

ByNancy Nason-Clark, Catherine Holtmann

Cooperation and collaboration between diverse religious and secular community responses to domestic violence incorporates best practice at many levels but unfortunately such interweaving of resources is often considered optional: something that would be good to do if there were sufficient personnel, sufficient time and sufficient political goodwill. But there are never sufficient personnel or time in the crisis work of domestic violence and often there is a lack of enthusiasm for inviting religious leaders to the collaborative table. Domestic violence crosses boundaries of class, ethnicity and religious persuasion. Approximately one in four women in the United States and Canada has experienced an abusive act that includes behaviours such as throwing objects, punching, kicking or uttering death threats. The RAVE Project, offer a research-driven online series of resources to effect awareness, training, best practices, strategic planning for collaborative ventures and hope for change in the aftermath of domestic violence.