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A Pastoral Response to Domestic Abuse and Violence in the Church

A Pastoral Response to Domestic Abuse and Violence in the Church

“Too often, abuse is minimized or hidden within the church behind our views of submission, a bias that good people would not abuse others, or our high view of marriage, stating that a woman (most often) must stay with an abusive spouse. If we think abuse will not happen in our congregation, we are fooling ourselves. We must be clear that such behavior is wrong and unacceptable, and that pathways to help are available both inside and outside the church…”