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Religion and domestic violence

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Nason-Clark, Nancy. (2000). Making the sacred safe: Woman abuse and communities of faith. Sociology of Religion, Vol. 61, Iss. 4, Winter.

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Ware, K.N., H.M. Levitt, and G. Bayer (2004). May God help you: Faith leaders’ perspectives of intimate partner violence within their communities. Journal of Religion & Abuse, 5(2), pp. 55-81.

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Faith-based violence prevention

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Bent-Goodley, T., Henderson, Z., Youmans, L., & St Vil, C. (2015). The Role of Men of Faith in Responding to Domestic Violence: Focus Group Themes. Social Work & Christianity, 42(3).

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Boyer, C., Levy Paluck, E., Annan, J., Nevatia, T., Cooper, J., Namubiru, J., . . . Lehrer, R. (2022). Religious leaders can motivate men to cede power and reduce intimate partner violence: Experimental evidence from Uganda. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119(31), e2200262119. doi:doi:10.1073/pnas.2200262119

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Holmes, Scott. (2012). Promoting Equal and Respectful Relationships in Faith Communities: A Manual and Tool Kit. Melbourne: Darebin City Council & VicHealth.

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Istratii, R., & Ali, P. (2023). A Scoping Review on the Role of Religion in the Experience of IPV and Faith-Based Responses in Community and Counseling Settings. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 51(2), 141-173. doi:10.1177/00916471221143440

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Jones, A. S., Fowler, T. S., Farmer, D. F., Anderson, R. T., & Richmond, D. W. (2005). Description and evaluation of a faith community-based domestic violence pilot program in Forsyth County, NC. Journal of Religion and Abuse, 7(4): 55-87.

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Le Roux, E. (2015). A scoping study on the role of faith communities and organisations in prevention and response to sexual and gender-based violence: Implications for policy and practice. Unit for Religion and Development Research, Stellenbosch University: Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Le Roux, E., Corboz, J., Scott, N., Sandilands, M., Lele, U. B., Bezzolato, E., & Jewkes, R. (2020). Engaging with faith groups to prevent VAWG in conflict-affected communities: results from two community surveys in the DRC. BMC Int Health Hum Rights, 20(1), 1-20. 

Magner, K., Desrosiers J.E., Blunt I., Hawken T. and Brick E. (2015). The role of faith based organisations in preventing and responding to sexual, intimate partner and gender-based violence in conflict settings: A modified critical interpretive synthesis. University of Otago, for the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI).

MenEngage Alliance. (2006). Faith-based Approaches to Transforming Masculinities for Gender Justice & Equality: A Two-day Consultation 1-2 August 2016, Washington, DC Summary Report. Washington, DC: MenEngage.

Nason-Clark, Nancy. (1997). The Battered Wife: How Christians confront family violence. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press.

Nason-Clark, Nancy. (2000). Making the sacred safe: Woman abuse and communities of faith. Sociology of Religion, Vol. 61, Iss. 4, Winter.

Palm, S., Le Roux, E., & Bartelink, B.E. (2017). Case study with Christian Aid as part of the UK Government-funded ‘Working effectively with faith leaders to challenge harmful traditional practices’. Research report.

Piedalue, Amy and Robertson, Elena. (2018). Active Bystander Training for Faith Communities: An Evaluation of Think Prevent and FCCV’s Bystander Workshops. Funded through the Victorian Government’s Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division in the Department of Premier and Cabinet. https://www.aii.unimelb.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/ThinkPreventFCCCV.pdf

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Reddy, S. M. (2023). The Role of Hindu Mandirs in Addressing Intimate Partner Violence Among South Asian American Communities. Violence Against Women, 0(0), 10778012231207043. doi:10.1177/10778012231207043

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Truong, M., Sharif, M., Pasalich, D., Olsen, A., Calabria, B., & Priest, N. (2020). Faith-based communities’ responses to family and domestic violence (CSRM Working Paper, No. 1/2020). ANU Centre for Social Research & Methods. URL: https://csrm.cass.anu.edu.au/research/publications/faith-based-communities-responses-family-and-domestic-violence

UNFPA. (2009). Guidelines for engaging faith-based organisations (FBOs) as agents of change. Available at: http://www.unfpa.org/culture/docs/fbo_engagement.pdf

Vaughan, C., Sullivan, C., Chen, J., Vaid Sandhu, M. (2020). What works to address violence against women and family violence within faith settings: An evidence guide. Melbourne: University of Melbourne.