Advocates for Women of Abuse

Advocates for Victims of Abuse is a vital part of the Women Ministries of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Started in 2004, AVA has been advocating for women and children who are victims of domestic violence and childhood sexual assault.

Advocates for Victims of Abuse provides resources for victims of abuse, equips the church to minister to victims through workshops, seminars and training programs, and provides preventative measures against abuse.


Learn more about AVA training seminars in the Pacific Northwest Conference.


The History of Advocates for Victims of Abuse
in the ECC

On June 23, 2012 the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) approved the Resolution Act on Domestic Violence. This act states that the Covenant ministry AVA is an accessible resource to help churches and individuals respond holistically to abuse in all its forms through education, awareness, training, and support for victims, as well as primary responders.

As of August 2011 Yvonne is excited to announce that after a meeting with the Women Ministries’ Executive Board and representatives of Mending the Soul (MTS) the Women Ministries Board agreed to let AVA use this ministry as a resource and healing component to the AVA Ministry through small support groups.  If you are interested in knowing more about how you can join one of these Covenant lead Mending the Soul groups contact


Support and Learn More

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Advocacy for Victims of Abuse has just released an updated video of “Why AVA” thanks to our NPC videographer, Karina Nyquist. You can either watch the video or you can download it. This video information can inform our churches as to how to become a victim/survivor’s advocate by having a heart of compassion and speaking words of love and healing.

Spiritual Leaders & Teachers

For a free self-paced tutorial on abuse for clergy, click the button below.

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For Youth Leaders

For a self-paced tutorial that is helpful for those working with youth.

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For Anyone

If you want to be an AVA Regional Coordinator or would like more information, contact one of the AVA Team Members.

Pacific northwest WOMEN MINISTRIES
Advocates for Victims of Abuse Team

  • Bobette Scheid

Advocates for Victims of Abuse EVENTs

Learn more about AVA training seminars in the Pacific Northwest Conference.

If you’re in need of help, please call one of these numbers

Domestic Violence Hotline

(800) 799-SAFE (7233)
(800) 787-3224 (TTY)
Advocates are available 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week in over 170 languages.
Your call will not be traced.

National Sexual Assault Hotline

(800) 656-HOPE (4603)
In an emergency, always call 911.

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