NACSW Online Continuing Education

Social Work and Domestic Violence: Faith-based Implications
Length: 1 CEU hour
Primary Audience:
  • Social work practitioners, administrators
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate

Training Format: Text-based
Number of CE Hours: 1

Nancy Nason-Clark
Marciana Popescu
Rene Drumm
Sylvia Mayer
Laurie Cooper
Tricia Foster
Marge Seifert
Holly Gadd
Smita Dewan
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This training consists of two articles from a special issue of Social Work & Christianity focused on, "Social Work and Domestic Violence: Faith-based Implications (Winter, 2009 issue).

Many religious men, women, teens and children look to their faith community for guidance and practical assistance in the aftermath of domestic violence.

Looking at the interface between religion and abuse from a variety of perspectives, the first article in this course explores several unique features of the journey towards justice, safety, healing and wholeness for a religious victim, or perpetrator, of domestic violence. Whether someone is helped first by their congregation or a community-based agency, those who respond need to understand both the issue of domestic violence and the nature of religious faith. Building bridges between the steeple and the shelter or congregations and their communities is central to responding compassionately, and with best practices, to domestic violence.

Intimate partner violence (IPV) affects women in all socio-economic and religious strata. The belief systems women rely on affect their ability to acknowledge and challenge the abuse in their relationships and move towards safety.


  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children
  • Direct Practice: Groups and Communities

Sample Content

Learning Objectives
As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

List four different perspectives or experiences, which collectively help illuminate the web of connections surrounding Christianity and violence in the family setting.

Identify, comprehend, and be able to analyze no less than two findings of a study exploring religious belief-based barriers that deter women survivors of intimate partner violence in a conservative Christian Community from changing their circumstances.


I. Introduction to the Relationship between Domestic Violence and Faith Communities

II. Exploring the Interface between Religion and Abuse

III. Features of the Pursuing Justice, Safety, Healing for Religious Victims and Perpetrators of DV

IV. Building Bridges between the Steeple and the Shelter


Nancy Nason-Clark, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada. Email:

Marciana Popescu, Ph.D.,MSW is Associate Professor, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, West Harrison, NY 10604.

Rene Drumm, Ph.D., MSW is Chair and Professor of Social Work, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN

Sylvia Mayer, MS, RN, is Associate Professor, Community Health Nursing, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN. Email:

Laurie Cooper, BME, is a Social Work Research Assistant, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN.

Tricia Foster, BS, is the Executive Assistant for Academics, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN. Phone: (423) 236-2805

CE Accreditation Information

NACSW, provider #1078, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), phone: 800-225-6880, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program valid 1/27/18 – 1/27/21. NACSW maintains sole responsibility for the program. The North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) is also recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0479. Social Workers will receive 1 continuing education clock hour(s) for participating in this training. It is the responsibility of participants to contact their licensing boards to verify that this training, as a distance education session, meets their jurisdictional standards for continuing education credit and/or licensure renewal.

Requirements for Earning Continuing Education Contact Hours

Requirements to earn continuing education contact hours for home-study courses include: a) engaging with all the required materials provided by this training; b) completing and submitting an on-line evaluation of this session; c) receiving a grade of 80% or better on the “open-book” post-workshop quiz. Session participants who meet these three requirements will receive a continuing education contact hour certificate from NACSW on-line immediately following their completion of this course.

Registration Fee and Refunds

The registration fee covers engaging in all the required materials provided by the on-line training as well as costs associated with maintaining the website which supports the training materials, as well as CE certificate administration. Refunds, minus a $25 administrative fee, are available upon request within 15 days of purchasing/enrolling in a training. No refunds or exchanges are available once the training quiz has been opened.

Grievance Procedure

Any individual who has a complaint regarding any aspect of this training should communicate in writing to the executive director of NACSW within 30 days after having completed the training. The executive director will conduct a review and respond in writing within 30 days of receiving this complaint. For more information, contact the NACSW office at or 203-270-8780.

Request for Accommodations

Please contact NACSW at, or 203.270.8780 if you would like to request a special accommodation.


Because this is a home study training session, there is no direct contact and/or communication between the individual taking this training and the session speaker. Interactivity for this training consists of the interaction between a person registered for this training session and the materials and content offered in this session.

Contact Information

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