Chicago docs team up with faith leaders to combat effects of violence

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Doctors are recruiting faith leaders in their efforts to combat the effects of violence in Chicago.

The University of Chicago Medicine and Northwestern Medicine are spearheading a program to train religious leaders in the community.

People are afraid to seek counseling but often trust faith leaders. With proper psychiatric training, they can offer counseling to heal the emotional scars following gunshot wounds, domestic violence and school bullies.

The faith leaders will also counsel witnesses of horrific events as well as those who have lost loved ones.

The goal is to prevent one event from spiraling into added violence or substance abuse and to strengthen the entire community one person at a time.

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2 comments

  • Elda

    It’s about time. There are many well meaning religious leaders who are not trained to deal with domestic violence victims. I was one of the women who went to my church leaders for help. But since my husband wasn’t hitting me he was led to believe I was the problem and that what he was doing was not abuse. Abuse is more than just physical. This eventually caused my husband to get worse. There needs to be more education for church leaders so that women do not feel re-victimized by the counsel they or their partners receive. It is never the woman’s fault that she be mistreated in any way. Abuse is not a 50/50 blame. That is what I was always told by church leaders, counselors, court system, and even friends.