Audio interview with Karen McAndless-Davis: Intimate partner abuse amidst the COVID pandemic

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This one hour recording is a conversation with Karen McAndless Davis, author of the book When Love Hurts: A Woman’s Guide to Understanding Abuse in Relationships. This interview focuses on the potential impacts of the COVID 19 on those living with abusive partners, strategies for coping, staying safe, accessing support, as well as how we can extend care to those in our lives who we may be concerned about.

This is a brand-new experiment for us as we learn how to do our work remotely. We hope this resource will be of benefit and encouragement to those who are either experiencing family violence personally, or are supporting a family member, friend, neighbour, or co-worker during this challenging and disorienting time.

Click on the three vertical dots beside the recording to download.

Interview with Karen McAndless-Davis, author of “When Love Hurts” : COVID 19 and Intimater Partner Violence.


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Watch Recordings From Our Webinar Series on Domestic Violence

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This webinar series took place as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Our hope is that these presentations will encourage and equip faith leaders, pastors, and counsellors to respond to situations of domestic violence in their communities in ways that are prioritize safety, healing, and transformation.

Understanding Domestic Violence: Forms, Dynamics, and Myths
Presenters: Dr: Zita Somakoko, Breaking the Silence on Domestic Violence, Jaymie Friesen, Abuse Response and Prevention Coordinator MCC Manitoba

Presentation Slides
Domestic Abuse Community Resource Map – Winnipeg, MB

How to Support Women Experiencing Abuse
Presenter: Karen McAndless-Davis – Therapist, Co-Author of “When Love Hurts

Please be sure to check out Karen’s website: and particularly the newly released Best Practices Guide and Curriculum:

Presentation Slides
Toward Change, Healing and Restoration – a model for communities/churches to follow in supporting both abusive and abused partners.

Working with Men Who Have Been Abusive
Presenter: Magi Cooper – Hakomi Therapist, Right Use of Power Trainer, Author of Respectful Futures Curriculum

Evolve Family Violence Counselling – Winnipeg, Klinic Community Health
Respectful Futures Curriculum – Shaping Healthy Relationships resources consist of six modules, which may be used in schools and the community with the various modules being delivered to all ages but with an age-relevant approach.

Now Offering: Active Bystander Training (TAB)

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MCC is licensced to offer Active Bystander Training (TAB). This training teaches participants how best to intervene when they witness to abusive, isolating or stigmatizing behaviour.

It is suitable for school groups, faith communities, and organizations seeking to promote safer communities through direct, non-violent action.

We have trainers in our BC, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Ontario offices. Currently we are offering this training online. For more details go the our contact page to connect with the office in your province.

This program is delivered in partnership with Quabbin Mediation and made possible by funding from the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation.

COVID 19 and Intimate Partner Abuse

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For people living with an abusive partner, staying home and avoiding all unnecessary contact with family and friends amidst the COVID 19 pandemic could be extremely unsafe. We must remember that not everybody lives in safety and often a crisis of this nature will exacerbate the abuse someone is already experiencing.

Please read the following article for insights and strategies on how to cope and stay safe during this time. Know that you not alone if the COVID 19 crisis has impacted the tactics your partner uses to control, isolate, and frighten you.

Emergency women’s shelters in Canada remain open. Please go to ShelterSafe to see where a women’s shelter is located near you. Each province and territory has crisis lines you can call if you are experiencing intimate partner violence and need support. See the list here.

Further resources

If Your Are Locked Down With Someone Who May Become Violent

The Impact of Coronavirus on Victims of Family Violence

3 Considerations for Supporting Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence During the COVID 19 Pandemic

Watch plenary sessions from the 2019 #ChurchToo Conference

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A therapist’s humble, human, heartfelt and quite possibly flawed perspective on #churchtoo by: Carolyn Bergen

“A therapist’s humble, human, heartfelt and quite possibly flawed perspective on #churchtoo.” Carolyn is director and therapist at Conexus Counselling.

Confronting Ministerial Sexual Misconduct in the Church by: David Martin

“Confronting Ministerial Sexual Misconduct in the Church” David is the Executive Minister of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada.

Abuse in the Church: Sin, Accountability and Forgiveness by: Carol Penner

“Abuse in the Church: Sin, Accountability and Forgiveness.” Carol is Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Conrad Grebel University College.

SafeZone: Promoting Healthy Boundaries at Christian Camps

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Thanks to CommonWord and MCEC you can now access SafeZone: Promoting Healthy Boundaries at Christian Camps on our site. This resource, written by Carol Penner, is an excellent guide for camp directors and staff wanting to foster a safe camp environment.