Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Rural domestic violence refers to a community specific definition of domestic violence. This project was designed to increase education, awareness, and resources for victims of domestic violence within their rural community by utilizing their faith of preference. Specifically, this project focuses on the role of the Catholic Church in rural communities on the Central Coast. Overall, the goals are to increase safe domestic violence reporting within rural communities, dispel religious myths, and surround victims with healthy social support as they and their families seek a safer future. In rural communities, the resources for education, awareness, social support, resources to heal, and economic opportunities limit a victim’s chances of a successful transition to permanent safety and healing. The results of this project measured the gained knowledge of a local rural Catholic Parish Pastor, Priest, and Faith Formation Administrator. Finally, this project was designed to reduce religious misconceptions and connect two stakeholders for many possible victims on the Central Coast: The YWCA Monterey County and The Catholic Church.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Health, Human Services, and Public Policy Department

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