The Abuse Response and Prevention network is one way that Mennonite Central Committee works domestically to address the realities of interpersonal violence and to assist those in need.
- MCC B.C.‘s office oversees the End Abuse Program whose primary focus are the ‘When Love Hurts‘ and ‘Home Improvement‘ groups. These groups support women who have experienced intimate partner violence, and men who are wanting to learn how to relate in healthier ways. Click the above links for more information. MCC B.C. is also available to provide consultation and assistance in cases of clergy sexual abuse and offers training on healthy pastoral boundaries.
- MCC MB‘s office oversees the Abuse Response & Prevention. This program equips churches, organizations, families, and individuals with the resources, supports, and knowledge necessary to prevent and respond to abuse in trauma-sensitive ways. The program offers workshops, trainings, consultation, referrals, and supports groups upon request. See below for a list of workshops this program offers.
This website is part of our efforts to raise awareness on topics related to family violence, sexual violence, clergy sexual abuse, and healthy boundaries and relationships . We hope that whether you have experienced abuse, or are wanting to lend a hand in support for those who have been abused, you will find useful information, timely encouragement, and specific tools at this site.
Mennonite Central Committee, a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, shares God’s love and compassion with all in the name of Christ, by responding to basic human needs, and working for peace and justice.
MCC envisions communities worldwide in right relationship with God, one another, and creation.
Prevention and Response to Sexual Violence
This workshop looks at the nature of sexual violence and who is impacted by it. Considerable time is given to exploring myths and misconceptions around sexual violence and how to actively prevent and compassionately respond to sexual violence in our organizations, schools, faith-communities, and culture at large.
How do we know if a relationship is healthy or not? What constitutes an abusive relationship? What can we do if we or someone we love is being harmed on controlled in a relationship? This workshop will address the differences between a healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationship. It will look at barriers to getting help, red-flags, and how to care for self and others impacted by a harmful relationship.
This workshop is geared for leaders, teachers, volunteers, camp-staff, etc, who are working with children or other vulnerable peoples. It focuses on what it means to hold power and how to use a position of trust to relate appropriately for those in our care. It will touch on different types of healthy boundaries to have in place and guidelines for navigating difficult situations.
Healthy Pastoral Boundaries
Church-leaders are navigating relational boundaries and gray areas constantly. It is essential to maintain life-giving and appropriate boundaries in order to carry out the work of ministry. This training covers a host of important topics such as: power and vulnerability, the responsibility and challenges of boundary-setting, clergy sexual misconduct, self-care and self-awareness. And touches on difficult areas such as friendship, dating, and dual relationships.
Responding to Disclosures of Abuse
A survivor’s perception of support is the number one indicator of the quality of their recovery. When someone comes discloses an experience of abuse it is essential they receive a response that does no further harm and encourages their need for healing and justice. This workshop will look at common errors and spiritual pitfalls that get in the way of a healing-centered responses and the most practical and supportive ways to walk with someone who has experienced abuse.
“We are all healers who can reach out and offer health, and we are all patients in constant need of health.” – Henri Nouwen.
Sister walk is a full day training geared for women who are supporting or working with women impacted by intimate partner violence. The aim is to equip women to understand the forms and impacts of abuse, to unpack their own assumption and opinions, and to learn how to care for others in a compassionate and healthy way while also caring for oneself.
This workshop an adapted version of the ‘Healthy Relationship’ workshop for adults. See above. It includes activities and videos geared for ages 14-18.
Gender Stereotypes and Media Messaging
The media and culture at large continues to bombard us with messages as to what it means to be a guy or a girl and how to be in relationships with one another. Most of these messages do not promote the holistic well-being of young people. This workshops focus on how media messages influence how we understand boundaries, communication, and roles in relationships. The goal is to equip young people to critically engage with media messages and empower them to live out life-giving, Christ-centered values in their relationships.
Ending Sexual Violence
This workshop helps young people identify sexual violence by breaking down the differences between sexual harassment, assault, and exploitation. Special attention will be given to online sexual violence – how to spot it and what to do about it. Time is also spent looking at myths and misconceptions around sexual violence and how we can all play a part in responding to or intervening when we hear or see someone behave in a unsafe or degrading way.