Domestic violence, both physical and non-physical, exists equally within the faith community as it does without. It is not uncommon for victims to feel confused, ashamed, alone, and unsure of where to turn. If you or someone you know is experiencing some of the many forms of abuse, below are some resources you may find helpful.
Partnership for Families, Children, and Adults
Safe shelter to victims of domestic violence
Forensic medical exams for victims of sexual assault and human trafficking
Long term housing options for single individuals
24/7 Crisis Hotline
Housing and Employment Services
Hamilton County Family Justice Center
Assistance in creating a safety plan
Help finding a safe place
Education and awareness regarding domestic violence, elder abuse, and human trafficking
Referrals to services available in Chattanooga
Civil legal service and help obtaining Orders of Protection
Personal support in court appointments
Free individual and family counseling
National Domestic Violence Hotline
24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse.
Contacts to The Hotline can expect highly-trained, expert advocates to offer free, confidential, and compassionate support, crisis intervention information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages.
Wilderness to Wild
(Seventh-day Adventist based, but not exclusive)
Connection to private Facebook support communities, articles, coaching, and various other resources for women experiencing any type of abuse (emotional, physical, spiritual, etc.)
Flying Free Now
Helping women of faith navigate difficult and confusing marriages and relationships. Podcast, blog, videos, coaching, and other resources.
To Love, Honor, and Vacuum
General resources about faith, family, and marriage, with an area addressing abuse in relationships.
Psalm 82 Initiative
The Psalm 82 Initiative exists to help churches and their leaders recognize and respond to abuse in the church more effectively.
End it Now (Seventh-day Adventist)
enditnow is a global initiative to raise awareness and advocate for the end of violence around the world. It aims to mobilize Seventh-day Adventists around the world and invites other community groups to join in to resolve this worldwide issue.
Women's Ministry Library
The Women’s Ministry of Collegedale Church has the following titles available to borrow upon request - for yourself or another - no questions asked. Note that some are also available as an ebook loan through the “Libby” public library app.
Why Does He Do That?: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
* Also available as an ebook to borrow for free through many libraries
(including Collegedale’s public library) on their “Libby” app
Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life
* Also available as an ebook to borrow for free through many libraries (including Collegedale’s public library) on their “Libby” app