United Methodist Women Acknowledge Guns Factor into Domestic Violence. 3/10/2016
Published by RELIGIONNEWS
During the month of October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month,
United Methodist Women is raising consciousness of the role guns play in
violence against women.
Intimate partner violence is the leading cause of gun deaths for
women in the United States. According to a Violence Policy Center 2015
study, 94 percent of female homicide victims knew the man who killed
them—the majority of the perpetrators were their intimate partners.
United Methodist Women leaders are pushing for change in our
acceptance of gun violence, particularly gun violence resulting from
domestic violence. United Methodist Women at the Navajo United Methodist
Center, for example, offers a transitional living shelter for survivors
of domestic violence and their children, where they can learn how to
lead independent, violence-free lives.
United Methodist Women issued an Action Alert – Guns into Ploughshares: Calling a Nation to Consciousness to raise
awareness and ask the question whether President Obama’s executive
actions would help curb gun violence against women. Additionally, the Action Alert
instructs the reader how to contact their congressional representatives
and urge them to support gun bills, which are listed in the article.
Mollie Vickery, executive secretary for children, youth and family
advocacy for United Methodist Women says women contact her weekly about
resources to address domestic violence.
“It is important for women and our church communities to understand
as they plan programs to discuss how gun violence is a leading cause of
death for women,” she said.
United Methodist Women is the women’s mission organization within The
United Methodist Church in the United States, focusing on the needs of
women, children and youth since 1869. Its programs promote spiritual
growth, leadership development, transformative education, and service
and advocacy. United Methodist Women’s nearly 800,000 members raise more
than $15 million annually for mission with women, children and youth in
the United States and around the world.