• "...to bring good news to the poor... proclaim release to the captives... let the oppressed go free..."
  • (Luke 4:18-19)

    Domestic Violence Workshop & Certification

     Join us on Saturday, April 29, 2023, 9:00 AM-5:30 PM EDT, for a Domestic Violence Workshop & Certification, Virtually or in Detroit, Michigan (First Baptist Church of Detroit, 21200 Southfield Rd, Southfield, MI. 48075).
    To be certified, attendees must attend the full programming.

    American Baptist Women’s Ministries is partnering with Safe Haven Ministries for Bible study and a Domestic Violence certification. This workshop will enable clergy, church leaders, community groups, and domestic violence educators to come together in a safe and intentional manner to learn ways to support and aid those in their communities that are suffering from Domestic Violence. The Bible study will take familiar scripture text and look at it through the lens of domestic violence. Together we will reflect and see how our actions and inactions may impact a survivor in our families, churches and communities.

    Participants will gain knowledge, insight, and skills useful in addressing and preventing domestic violence.

    This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Units (CEU). Participants will receive a CEU certificate following the event.

    Topics Covered
    • Biblical Exploration of Violence
    • Domestic violence behaviors
    • Supporting victims & survivors
    • Issues of faith & domestic violence
    • Safety planning for victims & the church
    • Referring & issues of confidentiality
    • Responding to & supporting abusers

    Core Components
    There are two primary components of the certification program:
    • Virtual training: An opportunity for pastors and ministry to develop tangible skills and knowledge. We know your time is valuable, we have perfected a one-day training that will leave you more confident and prepared in your response and prevention of domestic violence.
    • Domestic Violence Response Plan: Rooted in policy and procedures, Safe Haven will design and train you on your domestic violence response plan. This plan will ensure that should you encounter an issue involving domestic violence, you are equipped and confident in your response.

    Register by April 26, 2023! – Please read the below information about registration. Click here to register. Registration fees: 
    • individual program fee of $79
    • group of up to three for $199
    Virtual Attendees – If you're unable to join onsite, we hope you'll be able to join our conference virtually (No registration limit).
    Onsite Attendees – To guarantee the safety of guests and staff, American Baptist Women's Ministries has limited registration to the first 40 registrants (first come, first serve basis).  By registering as an onsite attendee, you will agree to the ABWM's safety guidelines to ensure the safety of all attendees:
    • Masks will be required throughout the workshop
    • Attendees agree to assess their health prior to attending the event. If you are not feeling well or have been in close contact in the last 14 days with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please contact the ABWM office.
    • On your arrival, you will be required to answer a few health screening questions (including having your temperature checked) and provide proof of vaccination.
    By registering, you understand you could be exposed to and/or contract to COVID-19, despite American Baptist Women's Ministries' efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19. By attending the conference, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold the American Baptist Women's Ministries and its related event organizers liable for any illness or injury. 

    COVID-19 Cancellation Policy – American Baptist Women's Ministries follows the CDC and our county guidelines for COVID-19. If COVID-19 makes it impossible to gather in-person safely, our event will be converted to an online-only conference. ABWM recommends purchasing trip insurance on your travel arrangements.
    Cancellation Policy – Refunds forfeit a $30 processing fee. Refunds will be issued at the discretion of American Baptist Women's Ministries. Written cancellation notice must be received by April 1, 2023. No refund notification requests will be honored after September 1, 2022. Written cancellation notices may be emailed to info@abwomensministries.org.

    American Baptist Women's Ministries has limited scholarships for girls, young adult women, and women to attend the workshop. Scholarships will only be used towards the program registration fee. Applications are due on April 1, 2023. Click here to apply.
    Support a girl, young adult women, or women to attend by giving to American Baptist Women's Ministries. Your donation will allow women and girls to experience an American Baptist Women's Ministries workshop and learn more about domestic violence. Give now!

    Tara Aday is the Director of Prevention and Education at Safe Haven Ministries—a comprehensive domestic violence agency committed to serving all victims and survivors while also working to prevent violence before it begins. With 11 years of experience in the field, Tara leads training on domestic and sexual violence prevention and response to a wide range of audiences, including students, faith communities, workplaces, and human service providers. Of particular focus, Tara has spent much of her career mentoring and working with youth to build their own leadership and advocacy skills. In all that she does, Tara believes in the power of community-based solutions to domestic violence and the power of collective accountability and relationship building as the driving solutions to violence prevention. When not working, Tara enjoys cooking and sharing a meal as a way of building community and anything outdoors.

    Rev. Dr. Gina Jacobs-Strain is the Executive Director for American Baptist Women's Ministries (ABWM) and is a member of the National Executive Council for American Baptist Churches, USA. Rev. Dr. Gina served as the Transitional Pastor for First Baptist Church of New Market in Piscataway, New Jersey; Interim Pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church, Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey; Associate Regional Pastor for Women in Ministry for American Baptist Churches of New Jersey (ABCNJ); and is an Associate Minister of Christian Education at St. Paul Baptist Church in Montclair, New Jersey. Click here to read Rev. Dr. Jacobs-Strain's full bio.

    Mykal Ward is the Training and Education Manager at Safe Haven Ministries. In this role, Mykal supervises prevention-focused education, training, and programming, focusing on enhancing training offerings for the healthcare, human service, and for-profit sectors. She has taught and mentored students in diverse settings for over 20 years, working with students from middle school to university. She has also supervised and mentored fellow educators to create educational environments and experiences informed by best practices designed to help students and teachers reach their highest potential as both educators and learners. Mykal uses her background in education to support Safe Haven Ministries' mission and vision that all individuals have a right to a healthy relationship and believes we absolutely can - and will - affect positive change through education, empowerment, and community collaboration. Mykal received her formal education at Grand Valley State University, including a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education and a Master's degree in Educational Differentiation.

    Po Box 851 · Valley Forge, PA · 19482-0851
    (610) 768-2288 · info@abwministries.org