Churches asked to fight domestic violence

Oct. 12, 2004 at 4:38 PM
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CHICAGO, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is urging religious leaders to join civil authorities in a campaign to end domestic violence in the nation's third largest city.

Police officers responded to an average 566 domestic violence calls each day in 2003 and the city's Domestic Violence Help Line handled an average 2,000 calls each month.

The Mayor's Office of Domestic Violence offers training to clergy members on resolving violence between victims and abusers and is hosting lectures and events for religious groups.

Churches, mosques and synagogues are being asked to display domestic violence awareness posters in their community rooms and distribute end domestic violence buttons, posters and leaflets.

Daley said many victims don't want to call police but will confide in family members, friends and religious leaders.

"We want you to increase awareness of domestic violence among members of your congregation," Daley said. "And we want you to provide support to the members of your congregation, both victims and offenders."

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