Sexual and domestic violence inflicts deep emotional, physical, and spiritual harm on the individuals who endure it. It also inflicts long-term damage to communities by reinforcing discriminatory social, economic, and political dynamics that disfigure social and familial relationships and rob people of opportunity, safety, and peace.

Curious about the Protestant Christian community’s understanding of and response to this violence, Sojourners and IMA World Health (on behalf of WeWillSpeakOut.US) commissioned a survey of Protestant pastors’ views on sexual and domestic violence.

The Survey, perhaps the first of its kind in the U.S., reveals an unrealized potential within churches for the prevention of and response to sexual and domestic violence.