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Domestic Violence in Ministry Contexts

Domestic violence is one of the top three causes of deadly force incidents at faith based organizations in the United States. We will identify the prevalence of DV in the country and specifically churches in the US. We will discuss ways we can increase awareness, formulate policies and procedures while respecting individuals privacy and protecting the church’s members and staff. The course includes discussion of the potential responses to domestic violence incidents occurring at churches and schools.

John leads the Security/Medical ministry at New Life Bible Fellowship in Marana. He is a retired detective sergeant with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and a retired security manager with Raytheon, where he developed and led the Behavioral Threat Assessment team. He holds masters degrees in forensic psychology and criminal justice and security administration and certifications with ASIS International (Certified Protection Professional) and the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (Certified Threat Manager). He has presented on the subjects of threat assessment and church security at several university and state sponsored conferences.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Presented by John McGrath

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