POLSON- A Lake County non-profit is working to educate the community about domestic violence.
Prevention and Education of Abuse in Christian Environments (PEACE) focuses their efforts on educating communities as well as church staff on how to handle cases of domestic abuse in their towns.
“In the Bible, it says wives submit your husbands. It also says husbands love your wives and submit one to each other but an abusive controlling partner might use that one statement out of context to keep the victim under their abuse,” said PEACE executive director Bonnie Klein.
The group aims to educate people on preventative measures, how to provide support for both victims and abusers as well as teach people how to help when they encounter a victim of abuse.
Klein said that if people aren’t properly educated before they try to intervene or help a victim it can cause problems. For instance, she said a common way people mishandle these situations is by trying to encourage the victim to leave before making a plan to keep them safe.
“Statistically the most dangerous time for a victim is when they actually are trying to leave that relationship because the power and control is being tested and the abuser will do whatever it takes to keep the victim under that power,” said Klein.
PEACE is partnering with a group called Create Your Statement out of Spokane to help teenagers who may find themselves in an abusive relationship. They will be hosting a retreat from March 9 until March 11.