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Speaking & Training

Speaking Engagements: Minister JR Newton, RN, M.Div Founder and President of Tapestry Ministries is available for the following presentations:

As a 30+ year survivor of domestic abuse Min. Newton is well equipped to provide trainings and speaking engagements regarding domestic abuse prevention for faith communities, corporate and community organizations, and conferences (national and international).

As a licensed minister since 2005 she is able to eloquently bring the dynamic of social justice, human rights and spirituality from the pulpit.  

Min. Newton brings her life’s experiences, the Biblical message, and her publication “Healing Voices: Women of Faith Who Survived Abuse Speak Out, Volume I” make her a well sought after speaker and preacher. 

Training: Tapestry Ministries is developing training for faith communities and individual groups on the dynamics of domestic violence awareness and prevention

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    Definition of Domestic Violence and Related Terms

    The United States Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women defines domestic violence as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship utilized by one partner to gain or maintain control over another intimate partner. Several types are included in this definition, such as:

    Physical Abuse

    Physical Abuse involves violent behavior such as hitting, battering, punching, slapping, cutting, burning, pinching, etc. It can also include denial of medical treatment or coercion into alcohol and drugs.

    Emotional Abuse

    Emotional Abuse means deflating or invalidating the victim’s self-worth and self-esteem through constant criticisms and name-calling.

    Sexual Abuse

    Sexual Abuse happens when the abuser forces/coerce the victim into sexual behavior or contact without their consent; marital rape, physical violence followed by forcing sex, or sexual jokes.

    Psychological Abuse

    Psychological Abuse is when an abuser invokes fear through intimidation, threatens to hurt themselves and others, isolation from loved ones, and prohibits the victim from going to work or school.

    Economic Abuse

    Economic Abuse occurs when the abuser tries or makes the victim financially reliant.


    Stalking includes following the victim, watching, harassing, spying, sending gifts, collecting information, showing up at work or school, etc.


    Threats to injure, hit, or use a weapon


    Cyberstalking is the online action or repeated emailing inflicting significant emotional distress on the recipient.

    Signs of Power & Control in Domestic Violence Situations

    Copyright by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project202 East Superior Street, Duluth, MN, 55802218-722-2781 

    Domestic Violence Resources

    National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233

    Salvation Army Domestic Violence Program for men and women 214-424-7208

    Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation (Plano): 972-880-4192

    Hopes Door New Beginning (Plano and Garland): 972-276-0057

    Mosaic Family Services for human rights abuse survivors, sex trafficking and family violence survivors: 214-823-4434

    The Family Place (Dallas/Collin County): 214-941-1991 24-hour hotline


    Genesis Women’s Shelter: 214-946-4357

    Emily’s Place (Plano) transitional housing: 972-424-7775

    Safe Haven of Tarrant County: 877-701-7233

    Housing Forward: 708.338.1724

    Family Promise of Collin County: 972-442-6966

    Agape Resource Center (Plano): 469-814-0453

    Samaritan Inn (McKinney): 972-562-7375

    Woman Called Moses: 214-590-0430

    In My Shoes for pregnant women facing homelessness:  469-857-3264

    Promise House (For teens):  972-379-7450

    Bella House: 972-379-7450 Serves pregnant women (18 and older) who are homeless or have no stable living environment.