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In this episode Jeff Boyd interviews René Drumm and Melissa Ponce Rodas about their research on domestic abuse, or intimate partner violence, within Adventism. Additionally, they highlight denominational efforts to end such violence.
René Drumm serves as the Associate Dean for the College of Health and as a professor of Social Work at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Drumm holds a PhD in sociology with an emphasis in family studies from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Social Work from Michigan State University. Her research centers on the intersection of religion and social issues.
Melissa Ponce-Rodas is an assistant professor of psychology at Andrews University. Dr. Ponce-Rodas has an MA and PhD in community psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research and outreach focus is on the intersection of religion and domestic violence in the Seventh-day Adventist church. She urges everyone to learn about the enditnow campaign, to raise awareness of domestic abuse, and to be a part of the solution.
- 1-800 Hotline (all languages can access, 24/7/365): “If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. For anonymous, confidential help, 24/7, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
- AdventSource Resources
- Cycle of Abuse
- Power Control Wheel
- EndItNow Sabbath Resources (4th Sabbath in August)
- NAD Summit on Abuse (Sept 25)
- Email: To contact either researcher, click on their names above to access their email addresses.
I want to thank my wife, Charissa, for recording the introductions for this episode. You’re an amazing partner, and I’m glad we’re sharing this journey.
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