Annual Interfaith Workshop & Vigil

The Interfaith Advisory Council’s domestic violence training seminar for faith leaders and its annual vigil in memory of domestic violence victims.

The Interfaith Advisory Council, a group of Houston-area faith leaders and domestic violence agencies, seeks to build awareness about the predominance of family violence in all communities, comfort families who have lost loved ones to domestic violence, hold abusers accountable, and support survivors in beginning new lives.

Each October, AVDA, Daya and the Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council present a free training seminar for faith leaders from across Greater Houston. As first responders to abuse survivors, faith leaders need the necessary tools to recognize and respond to domestic abuse.
For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Interfaith Advisory Council hosts An Evening of Remembrance, Caring and Hope, a vigil to honor domestic violence victims, survivors, and their families. In recognition of Houston’s religious diversity, tolerance, and acceptance, faith leaders from most of Houston’s major religions (the Baha’i Faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism) take part in the vigil. They read the names of those who lost their lives to domestic violence since the prior October.