Church takes on domestic violence after member's alleged attack

Leaders of a Brooklyn church say they have started a new program to be proactive about domestic violence after a brutal incident involving a member of its congregation.

Members of the Tabernacle of Praise church in East Flatbush say the brutal attack suffered by church member and Deputy Inspector Juanita Holmes, of the 81st Precinct, came as a wake-up call. Church leaders say some churches have refused to address the issue in the past.

Tabernacle of Praise leaders joined with local elected officials to denounce domestic violence after Holmes was hospitalized with broken ribs. The new church program urges women to not feel ashamed and to call police if they feel threatened.

Investigators say Holmes? husband, retired Detective William Fowlkes, attacked his wife because he suspected she was having an affair with another law enforcement officer. Fowlkes was arrested and is due to appear in a Suffolk County court on April 8.

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