Faith Based Domestic Violence Workshop

Women in Domestic Violence and the Impact on the Church
July 29, 2017
3 CEU’s for Licensed Counselors, Social Workers, ICDVP & PAIP

This workshop/course is for lay people, professionals, and church leadership

Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:3-4

FOCUS Ministries DV workshot presentation victim FOCUS Ministries offers half day faith based DV workshops/courses. The workshops/courses are designed to provide an in-depth understanding on various topics associated with domestic violence, abusive relationships, and faith. This education aids individuals to make informed decisions and appropriate responses plus equips people helpers, church leadership, and counselors. Each three-hour workshop offers 3 CEUs for licensed counselors and social workers.

Many DV victims/survivors within our churches are silently suffering the effects of abusive relationships. When victims begin to reveal what is going on behind closed doors to the leadership of the church, they are often not believed, suffer condemnation and church discipline, and given a list of instructions of what they need to do to “fix” the relationship problem. Full responsibility is placed on their shoulders to keep the family together no matter the cost.

Abusers often try to convince the church leadership that their partner is crazy and mentally unstable when in actuality the abuser has used gaslighting techniques on the victim.  Gaslighting is a psychological manipulation and cognition adjustment technique, often used by psychologically abusive men and women, in which the perpetrator attempts to alter the reality of the victim by causing them to question their memories or frame of reference for an event.

In this workshop, you will be given the opportunity to discover the impact of domestic violence on the victim and the church.

Workshop Description

  • Common Characteristics of DV Victims
  • Behavioral, Visual, and Psychological Signs of Domestic Violence
  • Personality Types of Gaslighters
  • Personality Traits of Gaslightees
  • Parallel Phases of Gaslighters & Gaslightees
  • The Gaslighting Effect
  • Impact of DV on the Church

Course Details

  • Location
    FOCUS Ministries, Inc. will hold its training at the FOCUS Office
    57 E. Park Blvd.
    Villa Park, IL 60181
  • Date:
    Saturday, July 29, 2017
  • Schedule:
    9:00 am—12:00 pm
    Doors open by 8:45 am
  • Cost:
    Training: $25.00

    3 CEUs: $10.00

    • FOCUS Ministries, Inc. is a licensed continuing education unit (CEU) sponsor for social workers and counselors. 3 CEUs will be offered for an additional $10.00.
  • For a printable copy of the brochure for more information and to print out copies to give to others, please Download Brochure.

July 17, 2017
Call 630-617-0088 after July 17 for space availability.

Online Registration
Registration Deadline:
July 17, 2017

Unlicensed Attendees

Online Registration

Licensed Counselors and Social Workers, ICDVP & PAIP

Online Registration

Mail-in Registration
To register by postal mail, please download the registration form:
Mail in registration PDF document

Please print the registration form, fill it out and send it with a check or money order to:

FOCUS Ministries, Inc.
57 E. Park Blvd.
Villa Park, IL 60181

 Our Trainers

Vilma Matthews

Vilma Matthews, Ed.D, LPC, is a college professor (Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program) at Moody Theological Seminary. She earned her doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision at Governors State University. She has worked in a counseling capacity for 25+ years. Her clinical experiences are in Domestic Violence (DV) counseling, premarital and marital counseling, working with at-risk youth, and counseling men and women in crisis living in homeless shelters. She is a trained DV counselor and has facilitated various DV support groups for individuals affected and victimized by intimate partner violence. Vilma has been married to her husband, Von, for 34 years and together they have four children and seven grandchildren.

“As an avid follower of Jesus Christ, it is my deepest desire and responsibility to demonstrate the love of Christ to all with whom I come in contact.”

Martha Tyler

Martha, a former Marine Corps Sergeant, has been a Certified Domestic Violence Counselor since 2005. Along her sister Vilma Matthews, she has coordinated and lead domestic violence support groups at several churches in the Chicago metropolitan area. She has also volunteered for Breakthrough ministries as a women’s support group leader and bible teacher. She has received her BA in Psychology from Governors State University, is currently enrolled in graduate school at GSU, and seeking to become a School Psychologist.

Martha is a survivor of a 22-year domestically violent marriage. As a result, her passion is helping women in domestic violence situations to learn their worth and value to Christ, teaching them what God’s word has to say about their situation, and walking alongside them as they gain confidence in their ability to not only survive, but to thrive.

As a Bible teacher, women’s conference speaker, and support group leader, Martha believes in the sufficiency of God’s word to address every life situation that is encountered.