The statistics around domestic abuse are staggering: in the United States, one in every four women experiences severe domestic violence at some point in their lifetime. Sadly, studies show that the situation is no better within the church. With an estimated one-fourth of women living with abuse and violence, church leaders and biblical counselors need to have the resources to offer hope and help.
Featuring Chris Moles, author of The Heart of Domestic Abuse, these resources examine the roots of domestic abuse, teach how to address the heart of the abuser and offer comfort to those who suffer from the terror and harm caused by domestic violence.
- What is Domestic Violence?
- The Heart of Domestic Abuse
- Victim Care
- The Impact of Abuse on Children
Articles & Handouts
Some Things to Consider
- Power and control are at the hub of the wheel because they are at the center of violent relationships. Domestic violence is not caused by one or both parties being drunk, high, stressed out, or angry. Abusers want power and control over their victims and they will use any means they can to do so. (James 4:1-4)
- Each spoke of the wheel represents a category of abusive tactics, ranging from emotional abuse to economic abuse to use of children. Although every violent relationship is different, they share many of these tactics in common. (Luke 6:43-45)
- The rim of the wheel represents physical and sexual violence. Although some abusive relationships do not include the reality of physical and sexual violence, the threat is always there for the victim and the fear that goes along with that threat can be a powerful motivator for the victim to stay in the relationship.
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” Proverbs 29:25