Advocates for domestic abuse victims say religion can sometimes leave victims feeling like their beliefs tell them not to leave their partner.
The Family Resource Centre and Employee Assistance Programme partnered today to put on their third three-day domestic violence intervention training programme of the year where leaders touched on a variety of issues… including how one’s faith can sometimes complicate a bad situation.
“You are not supposed to leave because you’re married for life and so they looked at divorce as being out there. One is from a Jehovah Witness background or Seventh Day Adventist or whichever according to the teaching of the church either it is right or it is taught that the spouse must come together,” Mrs. Chin-Nelson said.
Counselors said abuse is a process and seeking help does not mean you’re the one trying to break up a relationship. Members of the R.C.I.P.S, H.S.A, the prison service, schools and Seventh Day Adventist Church (S.D.A) are all participating in the three-day seminar.
The seminar will end on Wednesday.