Nancy Nason-Clark is committed to “bring training to the privacy of the clergy office.” Last fall she received a Lilly Grant to develop “Religion and Violence E-Learning (RAVE),” an online training program and resource for clergy that will provide expert advice, practical assistance, and information downloads.
Initially, the program will have four physical sites in the U.S. and Canada. Advisory teams of participating experts will work together to provide content for the RAVE Web site based on their respective specialties. The Web site will include perspectives from therapists, religious scholars, and clergy who are trained and active in domestic violence intervention, as well as advocates, survivors, and professionals from the legal and criminal justice fields. The site will be in restricted-access testing mode until at least late summer 2007.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or write to The RAVE Project, Dept. of Sociology, University of New Brunswick, 2 Garland Court, Suite 203, Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 6C2.
Gail Martin is a freelance writer in Charlotte, N.C. She directs The Refuge Project, a privately funded research and education project helping the faith community understand the long-term spiritual repercussions of abuse in order to become more accepting of and welcoming to adult survivors.