Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people,
to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.
Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
justice and peace will kiss each other.
Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
and righteousness will look down from the sky.
In her public lecture at Miller Auditorium on November 5, 2015, Gloria Steinem explained that the primary indicator of how much street violence and military violence a society will have is the society’s level of domestic violence. Violence in the home is the first violence people see. Violence in the home is seen by children and it children raised in violence homes are more likely to grow up believing that violence is normal—that maintaining dominance and control by using violence is just the way the world works.
Alongside this depressing thought, Ms. Steinem also pointed to hope: any time we help a woman or man or child out of a violent home, we are addressing the root cause of violence in our world. Any time we support resources in our community that help people identify and leave abusive relationships, we are contributing to world peace.
There is no peace without justice. YWCA of Kalamazoo is the primary local resource that advocates for justice and provides immediate support to women trying to leave violent relationships. The 24-hour hotline is 269-385-3587. Take a moment today to explore the YWCA website and learn more about the ways this organization works to bring justice and peace to our community.