The King's Gardeners Ministries

Reverend S. L. Gardner

Spokane Valley, Washington U.S.


- The Issue of Abuse -


Domestic Violence Institute
Resources for Clergy:
Responding to Domestic Violence: Guidelines for Pastors and Rabbis

A Policy Statement on Domestic Violence Couples Counseling

The Problem:

" More than 50% of all women will experience violence from intimate partners. (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1992)

" Wife beating results in more injuries requiring medical treatment than rape, auto accidents, and muggings combined. (Stark, E. and Fliterart, A. "Medical Therapy as Repression: The Case of Battered Women," Health and Medicine. Summer/Fall (1982) 29-32)

" 30% of women murdered in the US are murdered by their husbands, ex-husbands or boyfriends. (Bureau of Justice Statistics National Crime Victimization Survey, August 1995)
(for crisis help, call your local police or the DV Hotline at 1-800-799-7233)
(for more information on domestic violence, go to

Religious Aspects of the Problem:

" Christian women often feel compelled to stay in abusive relationships by scripture mandating them to "submit to their husbands" or "turn the other cheek."

" Jewish women may feel pressure to not bring shame to their community by revealing the abuse in their marriage, or that it is their responsibility to maintain shalom bayit, or peace in the home.

" Abused women often feel abandoned by God.

" Rather than offering resources and alternatives to battered women, pastors, priests and rabbis have often advised women to return to violent homes and be "better wives."

" Presentations to address religious issues and domestic violence
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