Prayers during a Pandemic: For Those Not “Safe at Home”

Our family is taking time daily to pray about the current global health crisis. Our prayers will likely reference the Christian tradition, but we’ve written with an ecumenical and agnostic audience in mind.

If you’d like us to pray for you, let us know. If you’d like us to write a prayer for you or for a concern you have and share it here, just ask. You don’t have to share your name if you don’t want to, and we won’t share it or any other identifying details about you here or elsewhere.

In this pandemic, we have a duty to others to physically isolate from them–to stay “Safe at home.” But, for many, home is the most unsafe place in their lives. Today, we pray for victims of violence within families.

Today we pray for those for whom home is not a safe place: for all victims of domestic violence. We pray for children, adults, and the elderly who are abused or neglected. We pray for people hurt physically and emotionally by their intimate partners, parents, and others whom they cannot safely flee. We pray for those who support them, love them, care for them, and advocate for them, including friends, extended family members, social workers, shelter workers and volunteers, 911 dispatchers, and others. We pray especially for police officers responding to domestic violence calls for help, that they have wisdom in responding to and keeping the most vulnerable people safe.

We pray for those we don’t know and for those we do, including [names of people who are victims of family violence, including ourselves].

We pray for people who have been hurt, are hurting, and fear being hurt. We pray for those with few places to turn for help. We recognize the reality of their pain. We pray for them resilience, comfort, hope, assurance, inner strength, peace of heart, and confidence. We hope for them safety in all forms.

We hate violence in families. We want for ourselves the courage to fight for justice for them, for an end to system of oppression that keep people stuck in unsafe situations, and for a culture change to end the entitlement of abusers. We seek the courage to name oppressors and perpetrators and hold them accountable for their actions so that they, too, can live with peace of heart.

We are thankful for members of our community vulnerable to abuse and the gifts they bring. 

Above, Eugenio Zampighpi‘s A Happy Family. All members of a household deserve respect, which is the root of love.

Need help?

  • If your life in in immediate danger, call 911.
  • The National Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522.
  • Lundy Bancroft’s website


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