Domestic violence training to be held for Davidson County faith leaders

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- A new training program in Davidson County aims to teach faith leaders how to address domestic violence in their congregations.

Family Services of Davidson County is offering the training.

“Often your church is a reflection of your community. It’s not always something we want to admit is happening within our faith communities, but unfortunately domestic violence knows no barrier,” said Meredith Martin, director of programs at Family Services of Davidson County.

The training will teach faith leaders how to recognize warning signs of abuse, how to help victims with safety planning, and how to connect people with resources in the community.

“When someone shares with you that they're in an abusive relationship and they're fearing for their safety, that's a really hard thing to respond to. We want people to equip people to respond to that in the best way they know how to,” said Martin.

The training is free and open to all clergy and faith leaders. It will be held Wednesday, May 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church in Thomasville.