Exploring the Role of Faith-Based Organizations in Addressing Adolescent Relationship Abuse

Erica Li, Lori R. Freedman, Erik Fernandez y Garcia, Elizabeth Miller

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Adolescent relationship abuse (ARA) is prevalent with significant health and social consequences. Faith-based organizations could play an important role in ARA prevention and intervention. Studies on the role of faith-based organizations in interpersonal violence have focused on adult survivor perspectives rather than adolescents. Focus groups and interviews were conducted with faith-based organization leaders, parents, and youth. Findings highlight that church leaders, parents, and youth all expect that faith-based organizations can play a role in educating teens about healthy relationships. Divergent perspectives about how faith-based organizations should address adolescent sexuality and privacy need to be addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)609-624
Number of pages16
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


  • adolescent
  • faith-based organizations
  • relationship abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Law
  • Sociology and Political Science


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