The Church's Response

to Domestic Violence

Throughout this COVID-19 season, we recognize victims are not limited to those with the illness, but includes those experiencing domestic abuse as they spend extended time in dysfunctional homes. Around the world, we are collectively seeing a rise in mental, emotional, and physical abuse. We believe it is vital that the church not stand by passive, but that it is our responsibility to promote justice through addressing this topic.

On May 20th at we held a global webinar to hear from practitioners, advocates, and ministers in how they are responding to this issue in this season. The recording is available s on the WMC Facebook or YouTube, and register below to receive updates and make sure you never miss an upcoming webinar. 




    Carla Marroquín is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, U.S.A. and Director of Nurture Hope, the Anti-Human Trafficking work of International Ministries within Assembly of God World Missions.  Protect Me Project is the NGO Carla founded in 2010 to prevent commercial sexual exploitation in countries of origin.  Today, small teams are working locally in Spanish speaking countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to “Get there before the trafficker.”


    Christine Viklund is the Operations manager in the department of CARE for the Swedish Pentecostal community. She works with areas surrounding relationships such as mental health, domestic abuse, and how to create a safe, including, and accessible culture/environment in the church.


    Anne Collen works as an accountant at the head office for the Swedish Pentecostal denomination. She freelances as a lecturer in domestic violence, mental health, and healthy relationships in church context.


    Lina Lidström is a social worker and specialized in domestic abuse and honor-based violence. She is also a leader in Hope Church Sweden, a part of the Swedish Pentecostal community. 


    Bishop Charles Bagonza is married to Joyce and has 5 children. He received Jesus Christ while in secondary school in 1989, entered into active ministry as an evangelist in 1992, and became a pastor in 1994. He has diploma in Leadership Development and Management from Daystar University, and a BA in Bible and Theology and a Masters Degree in Leadership (Christian Ministry) from Pan African Christian University. Bishop Bagonza served as District Overseer, Regional Overseer, and General Secretary Pentecostal Churches of Uganda and is  currently the General Overseer of PCU. He has passion and call in developing leaders. He’s an advocate in the fight against gender-based violence and has a ministry to PwDs/CwDs. He’s a trainer on Child protection and skillful parenting and He works partnership with duty bearers.