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
" 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)
" 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 www.ncadv.org)
Religious Aspects of the
" 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
(Contact Sandra Barone at 206.634.1903
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